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Crimes Nearby: Bank Robbed, Hit-and-Runs, Twitter Harassment and More

A weekly round-up of the top crime stories reported in neighboring communities.

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County and Rockville Centre Police Departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does indicate guilt.

Valley Stream Chase Bank Robbed

Nassau County Police are investigating a Robbery that occurred Friday evening at the Valley Stream JP Morgan Chase bank branch on Central Avenue.

According to detectives, an unknown male black suspect who appeared to be in his mid-to-late twenties walked into the Chase located at 270 North Central Ave. through the front door, carrying a yellow bag, and demanded money from a bank teller. After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. There were nine bank employees and one customer present at the time, but no injuries were reported.

The suspect is described to be about 24 to 28 years old, about 5’-10” tall, approximately 180 pounds, medium build, clean shaven with a dark complexion. He was wearing a light gray-colored cotton, hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and a white baseball style hat.    

Detectives are requesting anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are confidential and all callers will remain anonymous.

Man Seen With Multiple Handguns in Backpack

On Oct. 5 at 10:10 a.m., a complainant from Baldwin reported that an unknown male displayed to him eight to 10 assorted handguns in a backpack while in the vicinity of 53 N. Park Avenue in Rockville Centre.

Hewlett Teen Arrested for Hit-and-Run in Garden City

Officer Fracassa of the Garden City Police responded to a three-vehicle accident on Oct. 12 on Clinton Road in the village, where one of the vehicles left the scene without stopping. Upon his investigation, Officer Fracassa subsequently arrested a male 17-year-old from Hewlett after it was determined that he was the operator of the vehicle that left the scene. Garden City Police does not release names of those arrested.

Garden City Police are also investigating a hit-and-run that occurred on Oct. 16 on Old Country Road. One of drivers involved in the two-vehicle accident, whose car is described as a dark color suburban, left the scene without stopping.

Burglar Enters Restaurant Twice in One Night

The owner of Taiko Restaurant in Rockville Centre reported two burglaries at his S. Village Avenue establishment on the same night within a two-hour span.

At 10:56 p.m. on Oct. 8, he reported that while in the basement of the restaurant, he observed on a video monitor an unknown person with a flashlight was upstairs. The unknown male suspect fled in an unknown direction prior to police arrival. There was no reported loss at the time of investigation. Then at 12:54 a.m., the owner reported that while in the basement of the restaurant, a male suspect confronted him. A brief struggle ensued before the suspect fled in an unknown direction. There was no reported loss at the time of investigation either.

Earlier that day, shortly before 1 p.m. on Oct. 8, the owner of Dino’s Restaurant, located at 328 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre, reported that sometime between 10 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 8, unknown person(s) damaged the rear door to his restaurant and entered the building without authorization. There was no apparent loss at time of report.

2 Arrested for Stealing Items from Lord & Taylor

Two people were arrested last week for steal items from the Lord & Taylor store in Garden City.

Upon an investigation, Garden City detectives arrested a 30-year-old man from Brooklyn on Oct. 12 for the theft of six designer handbags, totaling $1,738 in value. The items were reported stolen on Oct. 10 from the store. Then on Oct. 15, Garden City Police Officer Reilly arrested a 26-year-old Hempstead woman for the larceny of several items, totaling $986 in value, from the same Lord & Taylor. She was also charged with possession of burglary tools for allegedly using a pair of scissors to remove sensor tags from the merchandise.

RVC Parent Reports Twitter Harassment

A Rockville Centre man reported to village police on Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. that unknown person(s) have been posting threatening messages regarding his son on Twitter, causing "annoyance and alarm."

Rockville Centre Arrests

  • On Oct. 4 at 1:39 a.m., Edward B. Flint, 49, of Lynbrook, was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and vehicle and traffic law violations following an investigation by police personnel in the vicinity of Sunrise Highway and Morris Avenue in Rockville Centre.
  • On Oct. 4 at 9:05 a.m., Donald Dunn, 53, of Far Rockaway, was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana and open warrants following an investigation by police personnel in the vicinity of N. Park Avenue in Rockville Centre. 
  • On Oct. 7 at 4:50 p.m., Arthur W. Pierce, 63, of Lakeview, was arrested while in the vicinity of Quealy Place in Rockville Centre for two open warrants regarding trespassing that occurred at the LIRR station in Rockville Centre.
  • On Oct. 8 at 12:23 a.m., Miguel A. Puello, 48, of Rockville Centre, was arrested for menacing in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child following a police investigation at his residence.
  • On Oct. 8 at 9:01 p.m., Damian C. McCovery, 40, of Rockville Centre was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and vehicle and traffic law violations following an investigation by police personnel in the vicinity of Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre.
  • On Oct. 8 at 5:57 p.m., a 13-year-old male suspect from Rockville Centre was custodialized for robbery in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree following a police investigation in the vicinity of Maple Avenue in Rockville Centre.

For more local crime, click on the following links: Malverne,  Garden City, Rockville CentreFive Towns and Long Beach

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