Crimes Nearby: Adelphi Burglary Spree, Student Loan Scam and More

A rundown of the week's top crime stories 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.

Police Nab Teens After Burglary Spree in Adelphi Dorm Rooms

Two Freeport teens were arrested Wednesday in Garden City after a burglary spree at Adelphi University where both were attending an outside program on campus, Garden City detectives said.

High school students Troy Pollidore, 18, and Melvin Abreu, 17, entered four separate dorm rooms on Sept. 19 and 24 and removed two laptop computers, an iPod Touch, a wallet containing an unknown amount of money and a cell phone, according to Garden City and Nassau County Third Squad detectives.

When Adelphi public safety officers observed both defendants exiting another dorm room with a video game system and laptop computer in their possession on Wednesday, Garden City police quickly responded to the scene and took Pollidore and Abreu into custody.

Defendant Pollidore was found to be in possession of a stolen credit card, police said. Both defendants were charged with four counts of burglary, second degree. In addition Pollidore was charged with grand larceny, fourth degree, and criminal possession of stolen property, fourth degree.

They were arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday.

Hempstead Man Arrested for Student Loan Scam

Police say a Hempstead man stole more than $900 from a college student by promising her a $10,000 loan for her education.

Shawn Terrel Boone, 24, was arrested on Oct. 1 in Oyster Bay around 12:20 p.m. and charged with Grand Larceny. According to Nassau County Police  detectives, Boone approached the 18-year-old victim on Sept. 11 while on the campus of Nassau Community College. He allegedly identified himself as a business accountant and told the victim she was eligible for a $10,000 student loan, which she would not have to pay back. 

In order for the loan to take place Boone told the victim he would need her bank card and pin number.  The victim complied and was notified a few days later by her bank that a fraudulent deposit and withdrawal had been made to her account in excess of $900.

Boone allegedly contacted the victim by phone on Sept. 28 and told her his people would be making a visit to her home for more money.  This put the victim in fear for her safety. 

On Oct. 1, Boone allegedly contacted the victim again and told her he would be coming to her home.  When he arrived he was placed under arrest by Second Precinct Patrol Officers.  At that time he was in possession of another credit card, which was not in his name. Through an investigation it was discovered that card belonged to a 31-year-old Hempstead man.

Boone is charged with fourth degree Grand Larceny, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and second-degree Aggravated Harassment. He was arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Group of Men Arrested for Rockville Centre Assault 

Four men were arrested in Rockville Centre on Sept. 23 at 3 a.m. and charged with third degree assault. Following an investigation in the vicinty of N. Village Avenue police arrested Emery M. Frias, 20, of Baldwin, Gerson M. Dela Cruz, 22, of West Hempstead, Andres S. Collado, 25, of Lakeview, and Jeffrey A. Collado, 20, of West Hempstead.

Teen Robbed Walking in Valley Stream

A teen was robbed Thursday evening while walking in Valley Stream, reports Nassau County Police.

According to detectives, the 15-year-old male victim was walking westbound on Rose Avenue when he was approached by a male black suspect, approximately 6’ 2” tall, who demanded his iPod. The suspect threatened to beat the victim so he complied, handing over the device. The suspect fled on foot northbound on Mary Street.  No injuries were reported.

Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.

Multiple Larcenies Reported at Skelos Field 

Cash and an iPad were stolen from two cars parked at Skelos Field in Rockville Centre in mid-September.

On Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m., a complainant from Hicksville reported that sometime between Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 19 12:30 a.m., an unknown person(s) stole $80 from his 2001 Ford motor vehicle.

On Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m., a complainant from Farmingdale reported that sometime between Sept. 18 7 p.m. and Sept. 19 12:30 a.m., unknown person(s) stole $100 and an iPad valued at $800 from his 2001 Ford motor vehicle.

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


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