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Crimes Nearby: Car Set on Fire, Drunk Driver Crashes Into Gas Station

A rundown of arrests and incidents that occurred this week in neighboring communities.

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County, Lynbrook, Long Beach and Rockville Centre police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

Two men allegedly broke into a new convertible at a Lynbrook car dealership early Friday morning, but fled after they set off the car's alarm. According to police, the pair returned an hour later and set fire to the same car.

Police are reporting that two white men wearing hooded jackets entered  on Sunrise Highway and broke into a 2012 Audi S5 convertible. After setting fire to the car just an hour later, the subjects fled in a waiting vehicle driven by an unknown third subject. The vehicle was last seen heading eastbound on Sunrise Highway, according to police.

The  responded with five trucks and 50 firefighters to extinguish the fire. There was no damage to any other vehicles and no injuries reported.

Detectives request that anyone with information about this crime or any below should contact the Nassau Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are confidential and all callers will remain anonymous.

An Inwood man was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with numerous driving violations including aggravated DWI after he allegedly crashed his car into a gas station and pinned an employee against the store's counter.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 12:30 a.m., Jorge Alvarenga, 37, was operating a 2002 Ford northbound on Henry Street. As the vehicle passed Burnside Avenue, it left the roadway striking barriers protecting gas pumps at the Mobil located at 605 Burnside Ave.

The vehicle continued into the building where a 46-year-old male attendant was working, police said. The victim was pinned between the vehicle and store counter.

Fourth Precinct police officers responded and the victim was transported to a local hospital, police said. He was admitted for his injuries and his condition is unknown at this time. Two patrons were also present, but uninjured, police said.

An investigation revealed that Alvarenga was operating under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, police said. A 51-year-old male passenger in the defendant's vehicle was admitted to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to police, the defendant's vehicle was impounded.Alvarenga was charged with assault in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree, aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation in thr third degree, suspended registration plates, uninsured motor vehicle and unregistered motor vehicle.

Perpetrator Steals Phone, Knocks Over Man

A teen on a bicycle stole a man’s iPhone Thursday at Green Acres Mall and then knocked over the victim’s father when he attempted to get the phone back, police said.

At 7:56 p.m., the 57-year-old man and his 20-year-old son were walking near the parking garage on the south side of the mall when an unknown black male subject approached them from behind on a silver-colored BMX-style bicycle and took the phone, according to police. The father chased after the subject, but the subject knocked him to the ground, causing him to sustain lacerations to his face. The son was uninjured. The father was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The subject is described to be about 16 to 17 years old and about 5 foot 7 inches, wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and a baseball cap with a New York Yankees logo.      

Two students from the Farmingdale State College aviation program — one from Long Beach, the other from Garden City Park — were killed in a plane crash Wednesday night in Pennsylvania.

The dead were identified Thursday as Patrick Sheridan, 34, of Long Beach, the pilot, and Casey Falconer, 19, of Garden City Park.

A third student, Evan Kisseloff, 21, of Oceanside, survived.

Pennsylvania State Police say the crash occurred near Spring Hill Airport in Wayne County at about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Steve Price, coordinator of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, told The Citizen's Voice, that the plane, a Mooney M20J single-engine model, appeared to have run into trees during take off.

A 20-year-old man was struck by a car while trying to cross Sunrise Highway in Lynbrook early Thursday morning.

According to the Lynbrook Police Department, around 1 a.m., the pedestrian was attempting to cross Sunrise Highway, from the south side to the north side, approximately 100 fest west of Atlantic Avenue when he was struck by a 2005 Nissan.

The Nissan, operated by a 43-year-old Laurelton woman, was traveling westbound on Sunrise Highway at the time of the accident, police said.

The pedestrian was transported to South Nassau Community Hospital where he recovering from his injuries, police said. The operator of the Nissan was not injured and no tickets were issued.

Catherina Scalia, the East Rockaway woman accused of using her hot dog truck to solicit sex from an undercover police officer, returned to her normal place of business Wednesday morning.

Scalia was arrested and charged with prostitution on May 3 after detectives became aware that she was allegedly using a hot dog vending truck, located on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin, to solicit customers for sexual conduct.

CNN reported Tuesday that Scalia had pleaded guilty to the prostitution charge.

Shortly after being released on bail Tuesday, Scalia's first words when leaving the jail were, "I'm here! I'm sexy and I know it everybody!"

Scalia will be sentenced to seven days in jail on June 18, according to Newsday.

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