Crime Nearby: Arrests in Huntington Station Robberies

A look at police reports outside of Massapequa.


Police have arrested two Huntington Station men and three others  for a string of Long Island crimes, including a December robbery at the A&D Jewelry Store in Huntington Station.  

Third Precinct police arrested and charged Edwin Acosta-Martinez, 23, with six counts of first degree robbery, three counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, third degree criminal possession of a weapon; and Mario Chincilla Rodriguez, 23,  with three counts of first degree robbery. 

A multi-unit police investigation led to the arrest of four of the men, all found in a grey 2000 Ford Mustang Feb. 29, and a fifth suspect in previous robberies. During the execution of a search warrant, weapons and proceeds from the Health Mart Pharmacy robbery were recovered, according to police. Others arrested include Wilmer Velasquez-Cruz, 27, of  Brentwood; Jonathan Portillo, 16, of Brentwood; and Carlos Velasquez, 17, of Bay Shore.


A Lindenhurst man was arrested last week and charged with robbing the same West Babylon bank twice this month, police said. Christopher Legge, 39, robbed the Roslyn Savings Bank on West Montauk Highway on the mornings of February 11 and February 24, according to police.

Charges are mounting for the Lindenhurst man who was caught by Suffolk Police after trying to gain access by posing as a "town security guard" to Harding Avenue Elementary School on Friday. However, Joseph Ciambriello hasn't been arraigned yet, according to Inspector Gerard Gigante, First Precinct commanding officer, because he was sent for a psychiatric evaluation following his arrest March 2.

When police finally caught up with Ciambriello after he led officers on a wild car chase that began on East Shore Road in Lindenhurst, wove through parts of West Babylon and ended in North Lindenhurst, it took several police officers and a taser gun to subdue him, Gigante told Lindenhurst Patch on Monday.

"We had to taser him three times because the first two times didn't have the intended effect. After the first time he ran across the
street," Gigante said. "He was eventually subdued by five or six officers, and then transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in West
Islip for treatment. 

After he was treated, Gigante said Ciambriello was taken to Stony Brook Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.

Six people were arrested and a manager cited Thursday during a state liquor authority check at a Commack bar, police said. Suffolk County police conducted the check at Arizona Bar and Grill, at 6106 Jericho Turnpike at 11:50 p.m.

Scott Bejes, 28, of Kings Park, the bar's manager and bartender, was issued three citations; two for violations of New York State Alcohol Beverage Control  Laws and one for a Suffolk County Sanitary Code violation, police said.

Two security guards, Jose Mejia, 22, of Oceanside, and Jamarr Williams, 24, of Brentwood, were aressted and charged with being unlicensed, according to police.

Four patrons of the bar were also arrested: Torrey Smith, 34, of East Northport, was charged with unlawful
possession of marijuana. Carla Donovan, 26, of East Northport, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Princena Degraffe, 27, of Central Islip, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana.


An employee of the  in Mineola was robbed by two men with guns early Sunday morning.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 2:45 a.m., police responded to the Western Beef at 61 East 2nd Street for an alarm. Upon arrival, officers entered a rear open door and found a-46-year-old male employee tied up with plastic zip ties lying on the floor.

The victim told police that he was cleaning the store when two males armed with handguns entered the rear door, tied him up and took cash from his pocket, police said. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

There was no loss to the store and no injuries were reported, police said.


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