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Malverne Police: Criminal Mischief, Not Burglary, At Nordon Drugs

Village police say vandals broke windows at the Malverne business on two consecutive nights.

When in Malverne boarded up one of its windows Monday it sent rumors around the neighborhood that burglars had attempted to rob the store twice this weekend.

But the Malverne Police told Patch Tuesday that while there were two incidents at the Hempstead Avenue business on Sept. 11 and 12 that warranted their attention, there were no burglary attempts.

"It's criminal mischief," Lt. Stan Kid, of the Malverne Police, said.

At 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and again, around the same time, Monday, rocks were thrown at the glass exterior of the building, Kid said. Both incidents were reported by a store pharmacist Keith Hoerleine.*

The rocks broke the glass on one of doors and the right display window, but by Tuesday afternoon, both had been fixed and the wooden boards had been taken down.

Still, Kitt said, "We are increasing patrol there."

The article has been edited to reflect the following change: A previous version indicated that Keith Hoerleine is the owner of Nordon Drugs. He is a pharmacist. Patch regrets the error.

Sean Patrick Brennan September 13, 2011 at 07:06 PM
It sure sounds like a targeted action by someone, so I hope all possible names have been brought to the attention of the authorities. Way to get it repaired so quickly Mr. Hoerleine!
Angel September 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM
This article is incorrect. Keith is NOT the store owner. He is the pharmacist. If the cops were doing their job than how did this happen TWO nights in a row. They have not been patrolling over by Nordons. Even, after they still aren't patrolling. This is just their way of covering up something they failed to prevent.
dissociation September 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Douglas DeNardo is the owner of Nordon Drugs, as Angel said, Keith is one of the pharmacists there. The Police failed on this one, even IF it truly was just an act of vandalism and nothing more, given how much news coverage there's been about people trying to rob from pharmacies the MPD should have assumed the worst and kept an eye on the store. Why risk thinking otherwise? Sure, it happened overnight, but it happened twice, and in this day and age where people are willing to kill for drugs, why put the lives of the employees and customers on the line? A one time incident is enough to make people fearful, twice in a row? I personally find that quite frightening. The second one could have been prevented, the party responsible may have even been caught, and the owner wouldn't be out more money for repairs had the police watched the store better. It's a let down, especially when one takes into consideration the fact that the store is responsible for helping so many in this village and nearby areas as well with their medical needs. Shame, MPD, shame.
Tom Grech September 15, 2011 at 10:59 AM
You are blaming the police for vandalism? You think someone trying to break in to a pharmacy to steal would throw rocks at the front window?
Angel September 15, 2011 at 05:36 PM
I couldn't agree more with everything that Dissociation said. If they MPD was actually patroling this wouldn not have happened. Tom, people do desperated things for drugs. I wouldn't put it passed someone.
BARBARA KELLY September 18, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Someone could throw a rock and be out of sight in less than a minute. The police cannot watch every home and business in Malverne 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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