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Crimes Nearby: Plainview Burglary, Fatal Crash Sentencing

Plainview break-in, Huntington teen accosted at bus stop, Glen Cove man sentenced in fatal crash and other reports from neighboring communities.

Crimes Nearby: Plainview Burglary, Fatal Crash Sentencing Crimes Nearby: Plainview Burglary, Fatal Crash Sentencing Crimes Nearby: Plainview Burglary, Fatal Crash Sentencing



A Massapequa Park man broke into a vacant building in Plainview and was arrested after tripping an alarm, police said.

James A. Vitale, 48, allegedly entered the building at 1425 Old Country Road and tried to remove copper wiring at about 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

The burglar thought the electricty had been turned off,  but the alarm went off and cops said they caught him red-handed in the basement.

Vitale was charged with burglary and possesion of burglary tools.

have issued composite sketches of two unknown women wanted in connection with a series of deception burglaries that are preying on elderly homeowners throughout the county.

Cops are asking for the public's help in identifying the two women, one of whom was described as having a "bulging," or "wandering," eye.

The pair, which are believed to be working as a team, are wanted in connection with a series of residential that began in December and have continued through January.


A New Cassel man is accused of stealing items from the Jericho Home Depot and threatening a security guard with a knife, Nassau County Police said.

Alan M. Miles, 46 of New Cassel, exited Home Depot without paying while attempting to conceal items in his clothing, according to police reports. When security officers attempted to stop Miles, said police, he threatened them with a kitchen knife and fled on foot. Police reported that Miles was seen taking a bicycle on Briarcliffe Road in Westbury where a responding officer injured her wrist attempting to stop him. 

Miles was finally apprehended on Audrey Road in Westbury by assisting officers and the stolen items were returned to Home Depot, said police.

No other injuries were reported.

Miles was charged with third degree robbery, second degree assault, second degree menacing, petit larceny and fourth degree possession of a dangerous weapon. He was arraigned on Jan. 17 at First District Court in Hempstead.


A 13-year-old student was accosted on the way to her bus stop last week, according to .

Three students were reportedly walking to their stop around 6:50 a.m. when they encountered a man making threatening physical and verbal gestures. Police say the man approached a girl from behind and grabbed her. She then punched the man, causing him to let her go, and ran to her bus stop with the other children.

Police describe the man as having a tan complexion, 20 to 30 years old, and five feet seven inches tall to six feet tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and a skull cap at the time of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Second Precinct Crime Section at 631-854-8268 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Glen Cove

A Glen Cove man has been sentenced to the maximum 2 1/3 to 7 years for the crash that claimed the life of a 19-year-old motorcyclist.

, 37, was convicted by a jury last October of second-degree vehicular manslaughter and misdemeanor counts of driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that about 2:30 a.m. on May 1, 2010, Uribe was driving his Nissan SUV north on Glen Cove Road when he crashed into a tree at the corner of Midwood Cross in East Hills. A taxi and a motorcycle driving north on Glen Cove Road crashed into Uribe’s SUV.

The motorcyclist, Pietro Gaudesi of Glen Head, was thrown from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The taxi driver and one his passengers, as well as Uribe, suffered minor injuries.


Two Amityville men were arrested on charges of trying to steal copper piping inside a vacant Massapequa home last week, police said.

Carl Greggs, 29, and Christopher Terrell, 21, were busted after somebody made a 911 call saying they saw two suspicious men walking around the property on Fair Court at about 10 a.m. The officers spotted the men and ordered them to exit the house, where they were arrested.

Greggs and Terrell were both charged with burglary, while Terrell was also charged with possession of burglary tools. 

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