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Crimes Nearby: Pedestrian Fatally Struck in RVC, Multiple Robberies

A rundown of police incidents from neighboring communities.

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LIRR Workers Accused of Stealing Copper

An organized ring of 15 Long Island Rail Road employees and two others were indicted Friday after conspiring to steal more than $250,000 worth of copper wire belonging to the LIRR, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

84-Year-Old Rockville Centre Resident Fatally Struck on Merrick Road

A Rockville Centre resident was struck and killed by a truck Thursday morning on Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 11:45 a.m., a 59-year-old male was operating a 2003 Peterbilt tractor-trailer eastbound in the right lane of Merrick Road at Oceanside Road when he struck Juan Galdos, 84, of Rockville Centre.

Galdos was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Galdos was crossing Merrick Road from north to south in a marked crosswalk at the time of the collision. Safety checks were performed on the vehicle at the scene.

Detectives report no apparent criminality at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Valley Stream Roslyn Savings Bank Robbed

A man made off with an unknown amount of money on Thursday after making a verbal demand for cash at the Roslyn Savings Bank in Valley Stream, police said.

At 2:15 p.m., a black male subject — described as 25 to 30 years of age, 5-foot-11-inches tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black knit gloves, black scarf and green pants — entered the bank at 75 North Central Ave. and made a verbal demand for money, according to police. After getting the money, the subject fled on foot eastbound on Stein Street. No injuries were reported. Five employees and one customer were present at the time of the robbery.

Fifth West Hempstead Spa Worker Charged with Prostitution

The total number of West Hempstead spa workers arrested this month jumped to eight Wednesday as police charged two more women with practicing unlicensed massage and prostitution.

An undercover operation conducted by Nassau County Police's Narcotics/Vice Bureau led to the arrests of Shanhua Cui, 21, and Li Wang, 44, both of Flushing. Both women were taken into custody without incident on Jan. 23 at 3:15 p.m. at the Royal Day Spa, located at 300 Hempstead Tpke., Suite 210, in West Hempstead.

According to detectives, the undercover operation determined that while working at the spa, Cui and Wang practiced massage therapy without a license. Cui also allegedly offered to engage in a sexual act for an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

Armed Robbers Hit East Rockaway Dry Cleaner

Police are still searching for two suspects that robbed Paul's Dry Cleaner at gunpoint in East Rockaway Monday evening.

According to detectives, around 5:48 p.m., two suspects entered Paul’s Dry Cleaner, located at 432 Atlantic Ave., and approached a 45-year-old employee.

The first suspect pulled out a small black revolver and demanded the victim open the cash register, police said. The employee complied and the second suspect removed an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects fled on foot northbound on Atlantic Avenue, police said.

There were three employees and no customers in the store at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

Police Searching for West Hempstead Payless Robber

The Payless shoe store on Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead was robbed Monday evening after the suspect claimed that he had a gun.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 6:23 p.m., a 46-year-old female employee at Payless, located at 478 Hempstead Turnpike, was approached by a black male suspect who stated he had a gun and demanded money from the register.

The victim complied and the suspect fled on foot eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The victim was in the store alone at the time of the incident, police said. No injuries were reported.

Alleged Identity Thief Caught in Rockville Centre

A Valley Stream man was arrested in Rockville Centre for identity theft last Saturday after a month-long police investigation that stemmed from two December incidents at Cabo on North Park Avenue.

According to Rockville Centre Police, a complainant from Long Beach reported that between Dec. 18 and Dec. 19, an unknown person made an unauthorized transaction of $554.24 against his American Express card and of $327.45 against his Capitol One card at Cabo. A subsequent investigation led Nassau County detectives to Vinson Noel, 28, of Valley Stream.

The investigation gave reason to conduct a surveillance of Noel, who, last Saturday, again attempted to purchase food and beverages at Cabo with two different fraudulent credit cards, both of which were denied, police said.

West End Store Clerks Charged in Alcohol Sting

Two West End store clerks were charged with selling alcohol to minors last week as part of a police sting operation called Project 21.  

Tulsidai Ramdayal, 58, of Elmont, a clerk at Alabama Deli at 884 W. Beech St., and Song Woong Ho, 50, of Long Beach, a clerk at Friendly Deli at 800 W. Beech St., were arrested and charged with prohibited sale of alcoholic beverage on Jan. 17.

According to the Long Beach Police Department, on that date Lt. Eric Cregeen and officers Paul DeMarco and David Walpole worked together with a 20-year-old agent on both assignments, during which the agent was able to purchase a six-pack of beer from both Ramdayal at Alabama Deli and Ho at Friendly Deli.

LIRR Workers Accused of Stealing Copper [VIDEO]

An organized ring of 15 Long Island Rail Road employees and two others were indicted Friday after conspiring to steal more than $250,000 worth of copper wire belonging to the LIRR, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Detectives request that anyone with information about any of these crimes should contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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