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POLICE BLOTTER

The following incidents have been reported by the Nassau County Police Department’s Seventh and Eighth Precincts and other police and fire agencies:

UNUSUAL INCIDENT

Massapequa: Police reported the details of an unusual incident that occurred in Massapequa on July 18, at 12:46 p.m. According to detectives, a Tobay Beach lifeguard, working on the bay side of the beach, observed and gathered unknown organ parts floating in the water and called police. Seventh Precinct police along with Nassau County Police medical technicians arrived and could not determine the origin of the remains. The beach was temporarily evacuated and an investigation was conducted by Seventh Squad and Homicide detectives. The remains were then brought to the Nassau County medical examiner’s office where it was determined the remains were not human. The beach was reopened with no further restrictions.

ROBBERY

Farmingdale: Police are investigating a robbery that occurred in Farmingdale on Fri., July 18, at 11:06 a.m. According to detectives, an unknown male subject entered the Chase Bank located at 334 Main Street and presented a demand note and made verbal demands to a 49-yearold female teller. After the teller complied with the demands, the subject fled on foot in an unknown direction. The male subject is described as black, five-foot eightinches to five-foot 10-inches tall and wearing a black button -down shirt, black tie, white pants, a light colored hat and sunglasses. No weapon was displayed. There were no injuries reported. There were six employees and two customers in the bank at the time. Detectives request that anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

PETIT LARCENY

Massapequa Park: Someone removed the front license plate from a vehicle while it was parked at the Long Island Railroad parking lot on Sunrise Highway and Park Boulevard. That incident occurred between 1:09 p.m., May 17, and 7 p.m., June 2, but was just recently reported.

Massapequa: Someone removed a plant in a ceramic pot from the front yard of a home on Stone Boulevard. The theft occurred between 1 and 6 a.m., July 11.

•A bicycle, which was locked to a fence at the Long Island Railroad Station Plaza, was removed between 5 and 10 p.m., July 12. The lock was cut.

Farmingdale: A flag was stolen from a front yard of a home on Staples Street. It was taken between 9:30 p.m., July 12 and 5 a.m., July 13.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

Massapequa: Someone scratched a vehicle while it was parked at the train station on Park Boulevard and Sunrise Highway. A two-foot long scratch was visible along the right side of the victim’s vehicle, police reported. The incident occurred between 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., July 10.

South Farmingdale: A window on a vehicle parked on Junard Drive was smashed between midnight and 9:30 a.m., July 12.

RESIDENTIAL DISTRACTION BURGLARIES

Nassau County: Police are advising residents that individuals are perpetrating a series of burglaries and scams throughout Nassau County. In recent cases, individuals may have posed as National Grid employees or water company workers.

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

There are several things residents can do to protect themselves from being victimized by these individuals:

1. Make sure your doors and windows are locked even when you are at home.

2. Set your home burglar alarm system every time you leave your house even if it’s for a short period of time.

3. Lock valuables in a safe and don’t leave cash and jewelry in a conspicuous place such as the bedrooms, kitchen or counter.

4. Ask for proper identification of individuals before you allow them onto your property or into your home, especially if you are not expecting anyone. Any utility employee will have photo identification.

5. If you are unsure of a person’s credentials, contact the agency they are claiming to be affiliated with and ask if they have employees working in their area.

Residents should report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.

ARRESTS

DWI: The following individuals have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Thomas J. Bates, 22, of South Farmingdale; Andrew B. Hamilton, 27, of Lindenhurst; Matthew P. Dolan, 27, of North Massapequa;

Petit Larceny: Marie Benz, 54, of Merrick; Cinthia Torres, 32, of Freeport; Melanie A. Falco, 24, of Massapequa.

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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