Crimes Nearby: Fire Commissioner Assault, DWIs and Robberies

A look at crimes in the towns surrounding Mineola.

Nassau County Police car.
Nassau County Police car.
The following arrest information was supplied by several local police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate convictions.

New Hyde Park

Nassau County Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on Friday, Nov. 29, at 5:25 a.m. at the BP Gas Station in New Hyde Park.

Roslyn Heights

Detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Nov. 22 at 5:55 p.m. in Roslyn Heights. According to detectives, a male Hispanic entered the TD Bank at 111 Mineola Blvd. and handed a demand note to a teller. After making verbal threats, the subject was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled the bank westbound on Villa Street. The subject was described as being about 30 years old and 5’3” tall. He was wearing a red long sleeve flannel shirt, a blue vest, blue jeans and a black hat with a brim. During the Robbery there were four employees present, none of whom were injured. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this Robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

A car overturned on the westbound side of the Long Island Expressway at Mineola Avenue on Nov. 28 at 8:38 a.m. Lanes were reopened at 9:22 a.m.


Police arrested a Westbury man on burglary charges on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8:00 p.m. in Westbury. According to detectives, two male victims, 24 and 35, returned to their Schenk Avenue home and discovered personal property and cash had been taken. After investigation, Juan Morocho, 25, of Westbury was placed under arrest at his home without incident. Morocho is charged with second degree burglary and was arraigned on Sunday, Nov. 24 at First District Court in Hempstead.

Old Westbury

Two westbound lanes of the Northern State Parkway were blocked on Nov. 17 due to a car accident at 2:21 p.m.

The Highway Patrol Bureau reports the arrests of two men that occurred in Old Westbury on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 3:20 a.m. and 3:25 a.m. According to police, a Highway Patrol Bureau police officer observed Phillip Marsh, age 31 of Wyandanch operating a 2001 Nissan in excess of the posted speed limit eastbound on the Long Island Expressway (RTE 495) in the vicinity of Exit 38 (Northern State Parkway). Marsh’s vehicle also failed to maintain its lane and a vehicle and traffic law stop was conducted. Also present in the vehicle was Harris Morales, age 38 of Huntington Station. A subsequent investigation determined defendant Marsh was operating the vehicle under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and he was taken into custody. As officers were placing Marsh into the rear of a police vehicle, Morales allegedly entered the driver’s seat of the Nissan, placed the car into drive and attempted to pull away. A Highway Patrol Bureau police officer then pulled his vehicle in front of the Nissan preventing it from leaving. Morales exhibited signs of intoxication and was taken into custody. The vehicle was impounded and an open container of alcohol was found on the passenger side floor. Marsh was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, uninspected motor vehicle, open alcohol container in vehicle, failure to stay in single lane and driving in excess of posted speed limit. Morales was charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and open alcohol container in vehicle. They were arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Friday, Nov. 22. 

The left and HOV lanes of the westbound side of the Long Island Expressway were closed at exit 39 on Nov. 29 at 10:01 p.m. due to a car accident.


Police arrested a Levittown woman for a burglary that occurred in Hicksville on Monday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. According to detectives, Nicole Hamm, 23, while employed as a telemarketer at a residence on Picture Lane, entered a bedroom and removed cash and assorted jewelry from a dresser drawer, valued at approximately $10,000. Police recovered several pieces of jewelry, belonging to the victim, at S & D Gold Buyers located at 2608 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. On Thursday, Nov. 21, police officers arrested Hamm at her residence.  She is being charged with second degree burglary, third degree grand larceny and was arraigned on Friday, Nov. 22 in First District Court, Hempstead.

Garden City

Police have arrested Brian Wint, 20, of South Floral Park, on Nov. 21 in connection with a robbery that occurred on Monday, Nov. 18 at 5:25 p.m. in East Garden City. According to detectives, an 18 year old male victim was walking in front of the Nassau County Community College bookstore located at 1 Education Drive when he was approached by two unknown male black subjects. The subjects then punched and pushed the victim to the ground and removed an undetermined amount of US currency from his left pocket. Both subjects then fled the scene south on Duncan Avenue in a brown Nissan Maxima. Subject one is described as being 20 years of age, black hooded sweat shirt, camouflage pants. Subject two is described as being 20 years of age, light skinned, black jeans, black hooded sweat shirt. There were no injuries reported. Wint is being charged with second degree robbery and was arraigned on Friday, Nov. 22 in First District Court, Hempstead.

New Hyde Park Fire Commissioner Michael Dolan, Sr. was arrested in Garden City on Nov. 22 on assault charges stemming from a road rage incident according to Garden City Police.

The Arson Bomb Squad is investigating a fire that occurred on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at 2:14 AM in Garden City. According to detectives, a 41-year old male victim was watching television when he smelled smoke inside his Andover Court home. The victim looked outside and observed a patio swing fully engulfed. The victim tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful and the fire quickly spread to the home.  Garden City Fire Department along with Mineola, Franklin Square, New Hyde Park, Stewart Manor, Westbury and Carle Place responded with 120 firefighters and 20 pieces of fire apparatus to extinguish the fire. Three Garden City firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries and refused further medical assistance at the scene. A Westbury firefighter slipped on a patch of ice and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a broken wrist and a shoulder injury. The homeowner reported no injuries. The structure suffered severe fire damage. The investigation is ongoing.

West Hempstead

On Nov. 21 at 12 a.m. and unknown person(s) removed property from a vehicle on Hempstead Turnpike.

On Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. an unknown person(s) removed property form a vehicle on Hempstead Turnpike.

On Nov. 13-14 between 8:10 p.m. and 4:18 a.m., an unknown person(s) damaged the front door of a store on Woodfield Road.

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