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Police: Massapequa Man Busted for Drugs and Gift Card Scam

Trio accused of scamming Home Depot to buy substance believed to be heroin.

Nicholas Scuro Photo: NCPD
Nicholas Scuro Photo: NCPD
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 pawn shop for cash, police said. In all they netted $28,800 from 37 cards, according to police.

On Wednesday police said they saw the three steal from Home Depot, sell the gift cads and then buy a substance believed to be heroin.

Cops arrested them an hour later on Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.

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.

Massa January 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Massapequa is going to turn into a drug infested ghetto like Areas in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. I think a lot if people here in Massapequa think everything is ok and that this isn't a problem. This is a very big problem and people need to wake up or this will be worst then the crack epidemic of the 80's in the boro's of NYC. It all starts at home and parents that don't see this are clueless. These people need help.
the baby January 26, 2014 at 07:16 AM
I moved out of my hometown, massapequa, a few months ago, not by choice, but trust me, compared to the mastic/shirley area where I am now, Massapequa is Disneyland. Count your blessings. This may be the only place on LI where it gets worse as you get closer to the water. It's like the Brookhaven land fill spilled over or an experiment went horribly wrong at Brookhaven Lab! Scary. I may be heading back west before long.
ex-massapequan February 18, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Your elected politicians are really just thugs...they are responsible and protect the criminal mentalities of your town...they protect murderers drug dealers and thieves...your town was a clean vibrant community until 5 yrs ago...they created a federal Rico conspiracy and conspired to steal everyone's equity in a scheme devised by your leaders, realtors, brokers, and for the benefit of investors...they devalued massapequa for kickbacks and double commissions...and this is what happens when thieving thugs rule over you....and needless to say they not only stole my bay front home that was owned outright but even stole all my assets with the help of nassau cty court corruption and no way to get justice until those lying thieves are ousted out of office....as you see they are not too intelligent and beating down their own town and turning it into a ghetto by stealing equity only puts families in foreclosures, increases crime and drugs, businesses fail etc...this was warned to the conspirators by me 4 yrs ago and do you know they just laughed and said they needed to devalue your town to keep taxes down!...you couldn't pay me any amount of money to step foot in that town ever again!...be careful who you vote for!


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