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Crimes Nearby: Cop Arrested for Stealing Baby Food

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

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County and Rockville Centre police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

Two Busted for Identity Theft

Police arrested two alleged identity thieves on Sunday after they allegedly used stolen information from multiple victims to purchase goods at the Green Acres Mall, according to detectives.

Yalanda Harvey, 39, of Manhattan, and Tommie Friday, 55, of Queens, allegedly used multiple fraudulent identifications along with the personal identity information of multiple victims to establish or access credit accounts and make numerous purchases at Kohl’s, Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret at the mall, police said.

The pair is charged with first-degree identity theft and three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree. Additionally, Harvey is charged with second-degree forgery. 

Three co-workers were robbed at gunpoint as they were returning home from work and parking their van on Birch Street in West Hempstead late Saturday night.

According to detectives, two black men approached a 28-year-old man and his co-workers, ages 17 and 18, near the Hempstead Gardens Long Island Rail Road Station and demanded their money.

Police stated that the suspects displayed a small black pistol and and an automatic machine gun and ordered the victims to the ground. They then allegedly stole money and a cell phone.

The first suspect is described as 5 foot 6 inches to 5 foot 7 inches, dressed in black and wearing a black face mask. The second suspect is described as 5 foot nine to 6 feet tall, also dressed in black and wearing a black face mask.

The suspects fled on foot north on Hempstead Gardens Drive. There were no injuries reported.

An East Rockaway man was arrested Saturday night after being observed by the Narcotics Vice Bureau selling cocaine near Ocean Avenue, police reported.

Thomas Guilz, 30, is charged with second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Cops: Man Destroys Mother’s Possessions

A man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly destroyed furnishings and valuables in his mother’s Valley Stream home and then barricaded himself in the attic, police said.

At noon, the 58-year-old female victim saw her son, Dukens Joseph, 38, destroying things in their Viola Street home. She left the home and reported the situatin to a Fifth Precinct patrol officer.

Police responded to the house at 1:30 p.m. and determined that Joseph had barricaded himself in the attic. The Emergency Service Unit, along with the Bureau of Special Operations and Hostage Negotiators, responded to the scene. 

At 4:15 p.m., a tactical arrest team was able to place the defendant under arrest. He was transported to an area hospital where he is being held for evaluation.  No injuries are reported at this time.

Joseph is charged with second-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

A woman allegedly assaulted police officers while attempting to escape custody in Rockville Centre late Wednesday night.

According to detectives, police were alerted to a suspicious car on Atkinson Road when they found Camille Baez, 29, of Bellmore, as the driver with what appeared to be 19 Oxycodone pills in plain view in the center console. Police said Baez did not provide a prescription for the medication.

Additionally, while officers were running a computer check on the vehicle, it was revealed the car was stolen on April 24 from  in Mineola.

The defendant was placed under arrest, but after she was transported to the Rockville Centre Police Department, she attempted to escape custody and injured an officer in the process. The officer was transported to a local hospital and was treated and released for a sprained left middle finger.

A Nassau County police officer was arrested Tuesday morning after he allegedly stole baby food from a West Hempstead store at an earlier date.

According to investigators, Thomas Welsh, 48, entered the Stop and Shop located at 520 Cherry Valley Lane in West Hempstead and secreted numerous pouches of baby food on his person using plastic bags and a bungee cord. The value of the merchandise was approximately $40.

The Nassau County Internal Affairs Unit arrested Welsh Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at police headquarters in Mineola.

Welsh was charged with petit larceny and possession of burglary tools. He was released on an appearance ticket and will appear at First District Court in Hempstead on May 17.

A police spokesman told The Associated Press that Welsh, a 25-year veteran of the force assigned to the Records Bureau, has been suspended without pay for 30 days.

According to Newsday [paid link]:

Welsh, on the job since 1986, earned $147,607.43 in 2010, including base salary and overtime, according to county payroll records. He is assigned to the police department's records bureau, which helps handle gun-permit requests, processes prisoners and tests suspected drunken drivers.

Nassau Police are investigating a burglary that occurred on April 22 at a  Wireless dealer in Lynbrook.

According to police, a male suspect threw a brick through the front door of the store to gain entry. He allegedly stole several cell phones and then fled the scene on foot. He was last seen traveling eastbound on Sunrise Highway on foot and into an underground parking garage.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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john richards May 01, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Another smart Nassau County cop!!!!!! Brilliant....
Chris Albanese May 01, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I have to think that something is missing from this story. If I were his delegate or lawyer, I'd go with the PTSD defense. This is just bizarre behavior. He didn't just allegedly take the jars of baby food, he had a whole system for bagging it. At least he's not on the streets and hopefully can get whatever help he needs. After 25 years on the job, we owe him at least that respect.
Deloris Dalessandro June 28, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Respect.... He knew What he was doing.. He was prepared...He makes over 100 grand a year he should not serve the public in any way... Shame on him. Broke LI tax payers pay for this Crook...

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