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22 Computers Stolen From School

More than $20,000 worth of computers were stolen from the South Grove Elementary School in Syosset during the early hours of July 18.

Police say an unknown subject/s entered the Colony Lane school by breaking a rear window between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. while the building was closed.  A school employee found the damage and 22 Apple computers removed and then called the police.  The investigation is ongoing. [Read more...]

Syosset Man Pleads Not Guilty

Michael Elardo

Michael Elardo

During his arraignment July 10, Michael Elardo of Syosset pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment for leaving the scene of an incident without reporting.

On June 15, police say 48-year-old Elardo, while driving his vehicle on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, left the scene of an incident that caused the death of 13-year-old Bryanna Soplin. Elardo surrendered to the Nassau County Police Department on June 16.

Assistant District Attorneys Michael Bushwack and Gene Kang of DA Rice’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau are prosecuting the case. Elardo is represented by Michael DerGarabedian, Esq. [Read more...]

Syosset Truck In Crash That Killed Winery Owner

Marco Borghese, owner of Long Island winery Castello di Borghese, died on June 30 after police say he failed to navigate a curve in the roadway” and collided head-on with a delivery truck owned by Southern Wine & Spirits of Syosset on Route 25A in Wading River at approximately 3:30 p.m. [Read more...]

Local Phone Scam Alerts

phonePSEG Payment Scams
PSEG Long Island is warning customers about a scam in which an individual calls pretending to be a PSEG Long Island employee. Police say in some cases, the scammer has the victim’s correct account number. The caller demands payment within hours using a type of pre-paid card, such as a Green Dot MoneyPak and threatens to turn off their service. PSEG does not require a customer to use one specific type of payment and customers scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive written notice on their bill at least 10 days in advance. Any customer who has doubts about the legitimacy of a phone call should call 1-800-490-0025. [Read more...]

Deception Burglars Target Seniors

A Nassau County Police sketch of the suspect connected to the Herricks burglary

A Nassau County Police sketch of the suspect connected to the Herricks burglary

Nassau County police are investigating a string of deception burglaries that occurred between Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20 in Syosset, Westbury and Herricks.

Police said the suspects pose as National Grid employees and target senior citizens. They tell victims a water check is needed to determine possible gas leaks.

Police stated the suspects would be with the victims for a short time, before moving to another side of the house to look for valuable items. [Read more...]

NCPD Warns Of Distraction Scams

bellThe Nassau County Police Department is advising residents that individuals are perpetrating a series of burglaries and scams throughout Nassau County.  In recent cases, individuals may have posed as utility workers.

Police say the “modus operendi” of these criminals is to portray a surveyor or a contractor, approach the homeowners, at their residences and engage them in distracting conversation.  The subject diverts the homeowners into their rear yards providing a means for an accomplice(s) to surreptitiously enter the home and commit a burglary. [Read more...]

Syosset Man Charged In Fatality

Michael Elardo

Michael Elardo

A Syosset man surrendered to detectives Monday following a hit-and-run fatality that left a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome in Levittown dead.

On June 15 at 12:02 a.m., police say Bryanna Soplin was crossing Hempstead Turnpike from the south to north side at Gardiners Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike.  [Read more...]

Man Charged With DWI In Syosset

A man was arrested on June 13 in Syosset for driving while intoxicated, with an 11-year-old child in the car, according to police, after the vehicle crashed into a utility pole.

Police say at 9:36 p.m. officers responded to a call for a motor vehicle accident on Cold Spring Rd./Southwoods Rd. and found 50-year-old Philip Briguglio of Bayville with a strong odor of alcohol and unsteady on his feet. Briguglio failed sobriety tests at the scene, according to police, and the child complained of pain and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Briguglio is being charged with DWI and Aggravated DWI with a Child Passenger (Leandra’s Law).

Jericho Fraud Suspect Sought

suspectPolice are asking for the public’s help in identifying the pictured woman who they say is wanted in connection with an identity theft that occurred in Jericho on May 8.

The victim became aware of multiple fraudulent store credit cards opened in her name with purchases made in excess of $6,300 and police say the pictured woman was observed making fraudulent purchases with some of the credit cards at Kohl’s Department Store in Commack and also at Target in Shirley.

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify the subject, or with any information about these crimes to call 1-800-244-8477.

Sentencing In Molestation Case

picA Freeport man was sentenced on June 6 after pleading guilty to attempting to molest a male employee in May 2013 at a Syosset warehouse.

Police say 55-year-old Alfred Balcerak, owner of Dun Rite Upholstery in East Norwich and a registered sex offender, admitted to trying to sexually abuse the man in a company warehouse at 18 W. Jericho Tpke. in Syosset.

Balcerak was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison and three years post-release supervision.