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Brooklyn man faces 14 more burglary counts, Nassau cops say

Mamuka Bokuchava, 31, of Brooklyn, was arrested Feb.

Mamuka Bokuchava, 31, of Brooklyn, was arrested Feb. 20, 2016, in connection with three burglaries and then charged with an additional 14 counts of burglary, Nassau County police said on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Photo Credit: NCPD

A Brooklyn man who was charged with three counts of burglary last week has been charged with an additional 14 counts after Nassau County police said they found proceeds from previous burglaries in his home.

Mamuka Bokuchava, 31, was arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead, where a judge set bail at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond for each of the 14 new counts.

Police said Bokuchava was originally arrested Feb. 20 after he entered “numerous residential homes” in the county and removed personal belongings and cash. He was arrested at his home on Bay Parkway and charged with three counts of burglary, police said. Court records show he was arraigned Monday and posted a $50,000 bond the next day.

After the arrest, police said, they conducted a legal search of Bokuchava’s home and proceeds from other burglaries were recovered, leading to him being charged with an additional 14 counts of second-degree burglary.

Prosecutors at his arraignment on Saturday said Bokuchava is a native of the country of Georgia and works as a waiter at an upscale, prestigious restaurant in Manhattan. His attorney, Tara Whelan, of Queens, said he is the sole provider for his wife and 5-year-old son, both of whom were in court for his arraignment.

Bokuchava is a U.S. citizen, Whelan said, and his passport has been seized by police.

His next court date is March 1.

The police department said it will hold a news briefing Saturday about the case.

With Kevin Deutsch


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