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Robbers gain new turf: man's yard

That's the trouble with today's coddled criminals: Give 'em an inch, they'll take a yard. The front yard.

Nassau County police were searching Monday for one of the two clods who did the dirty deed.

The thieves apparently thought they had hit pay dirt. Richard Marino had moved out after a fire. During the renovations, he acquired a luscious new lawn.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, an insomniac neighbor saw two men rolling away pieces of Marino's suburban pride and joy in a shopping cart.

Police were called, and when one of the crooks returned for another load of sod, he was caught, well _ green-handed.

Marcus Piht, 26, of New York City, was charged with petty larceny. Police said he is a landscaper _ though not Marino's landscaper.