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Police Blotter: Reported Incidents, July 3 – 18

On July 3, 19-year-old Salman Kashif of Woodbury was charged with shoplifting from the Target at Broadway Mall in Hicksville.

On July 4, 19-year-old Ruth N. Gonzalez Rodas was charged with shoplifting from Kohl’s in Jericho.

On July 6, 58-year-old Humberto Quintanilla of Flushing was charged with DWI at Exit 43 of the Long Island Expressway in Syosset.

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Woodbury Man Dies At Park Pool

Update: The man has been identified as Jonathan Sobel of Woodbury.

Police are investigating what happened to a man who was found dead in the main pool at Syosset-Woodbury Park in Woodbury on July 27.

Police say at 1:25 p.m., a 44-year-old man was seen swimming in the pool and was found unresponsive and floating face down a short time later.  [Read more...]

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).