Crimes Nearby: Bank Robber Arrested, Double-Homicide Suspect Busted

A rundown of incidents and arrests that occurred in the past week in areas surrounding the Five Towns.

Recording Device Found on Valley Stream ATM

A man using an ATM machine on Sunday at the Capitol One bank at the Green Acres mall discovered a small camera used to record pin numbers, according to police.

Around 8:15, the 39-year-old man used the ATM at 5 Green Acres Road when something that appeared to be a recording device fell off the machine and into his hand, police said. The man then called police. Fifth Precinct officers at the scene discovered it was a small camera used to record customers pin numbers. The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives request that anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are confidential and all callers will remain anonymous. 

Police: Man Sold Stolen Jewerly

A Valley Stream man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly sold jewelry that was stolen last year, police said.

Peter Cassaberry, 26, was arrested at 3:59 p.m. and charged with criminal possession of stolen property in third degree, third-degree conspiracy and third-degree criminal solicitation.

According to detectives, two male minors and an adult man were previously arrested for burglaries that occurred from Aug. 11, 2011 to Dec. 21, 2011. Detectives determined that jewelry from those burglaries were turned over by the juveniles and man to Cassaberry, who then would sell the proceeds to second-hand dealers. He then split the money with the arrestees.

Cassasberry had over $3,000 of jewelry during the course of the investigation. He was arrested without incident in front of the GameStop on Merrick Road.

Nassau Police on Friday arrested a Lakeview man who allegedly robbed several banks in Nassau County, including the robbery of in West Hempstead.

Frank Jackson, 47, was arrested in Hempstead without incident and is charged with three counts of robbery in third degree, one count of attempted robbery in the third degree and false impersonation.

Jackson is also allegedly responsible for the robberies of the in East Meadow and another in Freeport on Nov. 22, 2011.

Three men were arrested Friday after they allegedly presented forged prescriptions to CVS pharmacies in Valley Stream and Lynbrook, according to police.

Detectives said that Kwame Lake, 19, of Hempstead, gave a forged prescription that called for promethazine with codeine at the CVS at 44 N. Central Ave. in Valley Stream. Subsequent to investigation, the vehicle, which was operated by the defendant, was located with Kason Parker, 21, and Marlon Douglas, 21, both of Hempstead. 

Search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 10 blank prescriptions belonging to an unnamed doctor, three forged prescriptions written for promethazine with codeine and five bottles containing more than two ounces of promethazine with codeine, a narcotic preparation. The doctor’s prescription pad had been reported stolen.

A Rockville Centre woman allegedly used fake Craigslist ads for nonexistent jobs and apartments to steal hundreds of identities nationwide and then filed hundreds of fraudulent tax returns, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office.

Tuesday's indictment charges Susan Pemberton, 42, of Rockville Centre, with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud, and Cynthia Sibert, 22, of Roslyn, with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud.

According to the DA's office, Pemberton and Sibert requested more than $500,000 in state income tax refunds, which raised flags at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. They also used the stolen identities to apply for bank loans and credit cards, and stole a total of more than $75,000.

A Lynbrook man was arrested after he allegedly stole a car in front of at Wednesday night and stabbed a 21-year-old passenger in his face, head and hand, according to police.

According to detectives, around 10:10 p.m. a 23-year-old male drove to Houston's to pick up his paycheck. He left his 2007 Mazda 3 running and unlocked with his 21-year-old friend sitting in the passenger seat.

Moments later, police said Damien Armella, 31, of Lynbrook, entered the vehicle and began to drive off, with the passenger still in the car.

According to police, Armella turned to the 21-year-old passenger and asked, “are you going to get out?” When the victim said “no,” Armella allegedly produced a black handled kitchen knife and stabbed the victim in his face, head and left hand.

After the attack, the victim opened his door and rolled out of the moving car onto the pavement as he observed the subject continue to drive southbound through the parking lot, police said.

Police are still searching for the suspects responsible for several burglaries in Nassau County, in which schemes were used to trick senior citizens.

The women are believed to be responsible for a series of burglaries that have occurred in , , Merrick, Wantagh, Massapequa Park and Jericho between December 2011 and January 2012.

On Wednesday, Nassau County Police released a second composite sketch depicting a Hispanic woman, between 45 and 50 years old, with a stocky build, medium complexion, dark hair and dark eyes. She's seen in the drawing wearing eyeglasses.

A sketch of another Hispanic woman also suspected in the deception burglaries was released in late December. She's described as 30 years old, 5 foot 6 inches, medium build with a light to medium complexion and blue eyes. One of the eyes appears to be "bulging or wandering," according to police. 

A fugitive wanted for a double homicide in Florida was nabbed by police on Tuesday in Rockville Centre, authorities said.

The arrest of Bryan Caldwell, 23, of Florida, was a culmination of an eight-month long search that began in North Greenwood, Fla., and ended nearly 1,200 miles away in Rockville Centre.

According to detectives, members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Nassau County Police Department Fugitive Squad responded to 38 Vincent St. and arrested Caldwell for an open warrant issued from Pinellas County, Fla. He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters and charged locally as a fugitive from justice.

Caldwell is a suspect in a double homicide that occurred in North Greenwood, Fla. in April. William Hamilton, 30, and Derrick Harris, 23,  near La Salle Street and North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue on April 3.

A Rockville Centre woman fired off a revolver in front of her home last Sunday and held a teenage boy who she thought was involved in a “ding-dong-ditch” prank at gunpoint, police said.

According to Nassau County Police, Bernadette Greenwald, 47, of RVC, was at her home on North Forest Avenue last Sunday night when she heard her doorbell ring around 11:15 p.m. When Greenwald opened the door, no one was there.

Twice more Greenwald heard her doorbell ring, only to open the door and find no one there. That's when Greenwald became fed up. Police said she got a .9mm and fired a round outside of her home.

A short time later, police said a 17-year-old was walking in front of Greenwald's home, and she stopped and pointed her gun at the teen. Greenwald allegedly held the teenager until police came, where after an investigation, she was the one placed under arrest.

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