Crimes Nearby: Heroin Possession, Identity Theft and Grand Larcenies

A look at crimes in the towns surrounding Mineola.

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


Police activity was reported in the area of Wilson Park on August 12. No further information is available.

have arrested two Mineola men for as he walked early on the morning of August 14 at about 5 a.m. According to detectives, the male victim, 38, was walking in the vicinity of Willis and Washington Avenues when he was grabbed from behind and hit in the head by the two defendants. The defendants then forcefully removed the victim’s iPhone and an undetermined amount of US currency and fled the scene.

A former Hempstead police officer from Mineola has . A Nassau County Judge committed to an upstate prison sentence of two-and-a-half years in exchange for the guilty plea. 

A suspect has been arrested in the  that took the life of a Garden City restaurant manager early in the morning on August 12 in Williston Park. Raymond F. Kalenka, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the accident, police said. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death.

A Garden City Park gun store owner has been awarded $5 million following a federal jury verdict Wednesday that ruled his business was damaged from a wrongful Nassau County police arrest in 2007.

A home on Bedford Avenue in the vicinity of Herricks Road was struck by lightning on August 15 at 11:20 a.m. The Garden City Park Fire Department responded to the scene.

New Hyde Park

Emergency Medical Services responded to a burn victim at the Mobil Gas Station at 2200 Hillside Ave. on Aug. 12 at 1:45 p.m. The victim had steam burns to the hands and face.


The Crimes Against Property Squad reports an arrest for forgery that occurred on Monday, August 13 at 4 p.m in Westbury. According to detectives, in June 2012, Christopher Costa, 21, of Hempstead, while employed at Advantage Nissan, 939 Old Country Road, Westbury, obtained three victims personal identification, including name, date of birth and social security numbers. During the first week of July he applied on-line and was approved for credit cards with Chase Bank. Costa, along with Douwon Jackson, 20, allegedly used the credit cards for purchases and cash advances totaling more than $1,100.  Costa was arrested on July 20 in Hempstead and charged with second degree possession of a forged instrument, first and second degree identity theft and two counts of third degree unlawful possession of personal identification. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on July 21. Jackson was arrested on August 13 in Westbury and is charged with second degree forgery, second degree possession of a forged instrument, first and second degree identity theft. He was arraigned on August 14 at First District Court in Hempstead.

The Crimes Against Property Squad reports the arrest of a Brooklyn man for grand larceny on August 14 at 1 p.m. According to detectives, between May 2012 and August 14, David Phem, 28, possessed numerous fraudulent $100 American Express Traveler’s Cheques and used them to make fraudulent high end purchases including iPods, iPads and gift cards. Over this period of time the defendant allegedly passed over 900 counterfeit $100 American Express Traveler’s Cheques causing extensive financial loss to retail stores throughout the county, including but not limited to the Apple Store, Target and TJ Maxx. He was placed under arrest without incident. Phem is charged with third degree grand larceny, 13 counts of second degree possession of a forged instrument and first degree defraud. He was arraigned on August 15 at First District Court in Hempstead.

The Robbery Squad reports the arrest of Conrad Kennebrew, 27 of New Cassel for a bank robbery which occurred on Friday, June 1 at 5 p.m. According to detectives, a male black in his late 20’s, 5’ 8” with a thin build wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, a dark tie and a New York Yankees baseball hat entered the TD Bank located at 6060 Brush Hollow Road. He approached a teller and demanded cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled southbound through the parking lot on Brush Hollow Road with an undetermined amount of assorted U.S. currency. Nine employees and one patron were in the bank at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported. Kennebrew is charged with third degree robbery and was arraigned on August 15 in First District Court in Hempstead.

The Third Squad reports the arrests of two Queens women for criminal possession of a forged instrument that occurred on August 16 at 3:18 p.m. According to detectives, Third Precinct Police Officers were notified that both defendants Charmin Akindahunsi, 34, of Richmond Hill and Lisa Alicock, 27, of Ozone Park attempted to purchase Nintendo games from the Westbury Walmart by using forged credit cards. After an investigation it was discovered that both defendants had a total of 20 forged cards in their possession and were placed into custody. Akindahunsi is charged with 15 counts of possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. Alicock is charged with 5 counts of possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. They were arraigned on August 17 at First District Court in Hempstead.

Old Westbury

The eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway was closed between exits 39 and 40 due to a van fire on August 13 between 7:46 p.m. and 8:25 p.m.

The westbound right lane at exit 39 of the Long Island Expressway was closed due to a disabled truck on August 17 from 11:02 a.m. to 11:37 a.m.


An overturned auto was reported on South Oyster Bay Road and Grumman Road West on August 14 at 8:18 a.m.

A fire broke out in a detached garage at 56 Salem Road on August 14 at 8:41 a.m. Engines from Levittown, East Meadow, Jericho and Westbury responded to the scene. An accidental mayday was transmitted, requesting Bethpage ambulance to the scene. The fire was reported under control at 9:14 a.m.

A structure fire occurred at the Sears Automotive Center at 300 South Broadway on August 15 at 1:58 p.m. The fire was in the rear room of the building and had been extinguished without incident.

Floral Park

An overturned car was reported on Jericho Turnpike and 241st Street on August 15 at 7:56 p.m. with unknown injuries. There was no pin reported. Third Precinct units were on scene and Emergency services also responded.

Officers pursued a suspect on foot on Tennessee Street and Floral Parkway on August 16 at 2:18 p.m. The suspect got into a vehicle and fled.

Officers stopped a vehicle for an unsafe turn on New Hyde Park Road at Clinch Avenue on August 8 and upon their investigation, the driver, a male 25-year-old from Garden City, was arrested for possession of heroin and the unsafe turn.

Red spray paint was found on the front of Walk Street and on tables belonging to the establishment on August 9.

Detectives are conducting an investigation where counterfeit money was used to buy a pocketbook valued at $549 at on August 11.

Officers stopped a vehicle on Stewart Avenue on August 12 for a defective headlight. An investigation at the scene led to the arrest of the driver, a male 23-year-old from Queens Village, and a passenger, a male 21-year-old from Hempstead, for the possession of marijuana.

A home on Plymouth Street in West Hempstead was burglarized on August 6.

Copper was stolen on from a vacant store located on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square sometime between August 4 and 7. 

A man was in the parking lot of a West Hempstead bar on August 12, Nassau County Police stated. According to Fifth Squad detectives, the 41-year-old victim was in the parking lot of Bar on Hempstead Turnpike when three unknown Hispanic male subjects approached him with a knife and took approximately $80 and an iPhone.

One person was injured August 13 in an at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Wright Avenue in Malverne. 

Nassau County Police were in the West Hempstead area on August 16. Residents reported hearing a police helicopter circling over the area Thursday afternoon and spotted several patrol cars on Oakford Street and Woodfield Road.


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