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Crimes Nearby: Drugs and Gift Scam; Sex Attack Arrest

Notable arrests and criminal activity in the region this week.

Nicholas Scuro. Credit: NCPD
Nicholas Scuro. Credit: NCPD
Trio Busted for Drugs and Gift Card Scam

A Massapequa man and two others were arrested Wednesday for scamming Home Depot and using the money they received to buy drugs, Nassau County police said.

Nicholas Scuro, 25, allegedly stole items from branches of the home improvement store along with Kurt Walther, 22, of Wantagh and Husam Elghonami of Levittown. They would then return the items and got back debit or gift cards, which they sold to a pawnshop for cash, police said. In all they netted $28,800 from 37 cards, according to police. On Wednesday police arrested them in Uniondale after the three were spotted stealing from Home Depot, selling the gift cads and buying a substance believed to be heroin. All were charged with grand larceny. Scuro and Walther were charged with three counts of drug possession, while  Elghonami was charged with two counts of drug possession. 

Police Charge Man in Sex Attack

Nassau Police have charged a Glen Cove man in connection with the sexual abuse of a massage therapist in early January at the Red Bell Spa in Hicksville, Nassau Police said.

Folloing an investigation, Police arrested James A. Catanzano, 53, of 26 Jefferson Street, Glen Cove in connection with the attack that began with a request for a massage.  Catanzano is charged with first-degree sexual abuse. He is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. 

Manhunt on for Morton Village Bank Robber

Nassau County police are searching for the man who robbed Chase Bank at 1064 Old Country Rd. Thursday afternoon. According to police, a white male, about 6-foot-2 wearing dark clothing, walked in at 3:02 p.m. He handed a demand note to a teller, and after they complied, he fled eastbound on Old Country Road with an undetermined amount of money. There were no reported injuries. Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Man Suspected in Nearby Burglaries Arrested in Woodbury

A West Babylon man suspected in two South Farmingdale burglaries was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 5:45 p.m. at the Nassau County Police second precinct. Police say Robert David Avena, 19, is charged with two counts of Burglary 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Stolen Property 4th degree. He was arraigned on Friday, January 24, 2014 at First District Court in Hempstead.



Massa February 02, 2014 at 09:33 AM
I haven't seen it in the patch yet, but I just opened Newsday and read of an incident that happened on Thursday night in East Massapequa across from our Jr High school this piece of garbage Dashawn Combs tryed to strike 2 Nassau PD officers with his car after fleeing because he was selling drugs. He was caught the next day after his apartment which is also in East Massapequa on Margaretts ave was raids by Nassau PD. Heroin and crack were recovered. This guy was already in prison before for drugs and was dealing this crap right here between the JR H.S. and where Field of dreams where our kids play. This area east of Carmen Mill rd is getting worse everyday and it needs to be addressed fast. Nassau PD did a good job getting this thug and his girlfriend, but more patrol in those areas need to be done. We all need to be aware of this in our surrounding area. I have lived here for over 40 years and refuse to let this scum take over a nice area.
Massa February 02, 2014 at 09:43 AM
I also want everyone to be aware that this thug tryed to run over the officers while fleeing and the officers did fire shots at this guy. More and more violent people are in that area and if you look at past patch stories you will see a women who lives on Grant st was arrested for having a gun in her car. A male shot on Oalley st which is right across from Field of Dreams. This happened right after the kids left practice. This is no joke and we all need to be aware of what is happening in our neighborhood.


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