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The following incidents have been reported by the Nassau County Police Department’s Seventh and Eighth Precincts and other law enforcement agencies.


Massapequa: Nassau County Police have arrested and charged a Massapequa teen in connection with an incident that occurred in Brady Park on Dec. 30.

In that incident, Massapequa Park Village employees discovered a swastika spray painted on a wall near the shuffleboard court and a second one on a picnic table bench.

The teen, whose name is being withheld by the Massapequa Post because of his age, is charged in that incident with aggravated harassment, first degree; criminal mischief fourth degree and making graffiti. He was given an appearance ticket and is due in court in answer to the charged Jan. 25.

“We’re very relieved that the individual has been caught and we are looking forward to his day in court,” said Massapequa Park Village Mayor Jeffrey Pravato. “I’d like to sit down with this young man and educate him so he knows how hurtful this symbol is to everyone.”


Massapequa: Sometime between 9 p.m., Dec. 27 and 1 p.m., Dec. 28 someone got into a car parked outside an Ohio Avenue home and stole the owner’s wallet. Police did not specify what may have been in the wallet.

•Police reported that on Dec. 20, sometime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., someone stole two Fed Ex packages that had been delivered at a Rumson Road home.


The Nassau County Police Department’s Second Squad reported the arrest of a Massapequa man for Petit Larceny that occurred on Thurs., Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. in Levittown. According to detectives, a 79-year-old female victim was driving her vehicle on Newbridge Road when a man in a black Acura motioned to her to pull over. When the victim stopped, she was approached by the male who identified himself as Tom Ray Jr. He claimed the victim struck his car in the Walmart parking lot in East Meadow. The victim was told by the defendant to pay $600 if she wanted to avoid a police report and filing a claim through her insurance. The victim told the defendant she did not hit any car in the parking lot, but the defendant insisted she did and the victim became intimidated. The victim returned to her residence and gave the defendant $600 in USC. The arrestee returned to the victim's residence later that night claiming the damage was going to cost more and presented a fraudulent estimate from an auto body shop. The victim called 911 to report the incident. The defendant was arrested and identified as Christopher Gabriele, 31, of 25 Sussex Ave., Massapequa. The defendant was charged with Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd degree. Detectives request anyone who may have been a victim to the above crime should contact Detectives at 516-573-6254 or call 911.


DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Marcial A. Sorto-Jimenez, 37, of Huntington Station; Emanuel Bannister, 50, of Brooklyn; Edwin Rivera, 54, of Whitestone; Shane Mitchem, 32, of Roslyn Heights; Melissa S. Wells, 36, of Freeport; Victor M. Perez, 39, of New York; Ryan J. Burns, 28, of Scottsville; Joseph Trumpatori, 65, of Oceanside; Devin Panicker, 28, of Herricks; Salil Gupta, 43, of Old Westbury.

The charges against those arrested are allegations, and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

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