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Robbery Attempt in Wantagh

The new year is with us, but one constant remains: Massapequa area residents being victimized by robbery attempts.

The latest crime took place on Monday, Jan. 17 at 4:25 p.m. in Wantagh.

According to detectives, the victim, a 14-year-old male, who was sitting on his bicycle near the park on Duckpond Drive, was approached by a male subject who told the victim to give him his bicycle. When the victim refused, the subject displayed a knife and took the victim’s bicycle, detectives said. The suspect then rode away southbound on Duckpond Dr. East. No injuries were sustained as a result of the incident.

The subject was described by detectives as a light skinned male Hispanic, 6’ tall, approximately 17 years old, with a thin build. He was wearing a black waist length coat with red sleeves and a red hood. The subject, detectives added, spoke with a noticeable Hispanic accent.

Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this Robbery to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


Robbery at Sunrise Mall

The Seventh Squad reports the details of a robbery that occurred on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Mall, Massapequa.

According to detectives, a 23-year-old female victim was walking to her vehicle from the east side mall exit north of Macy’s when she was confronted by two male subjects. One subject stated he had a gun, though none was displayed, when he demanded the victim’s wallet, detectives added. The victim relinquished her wallet and the subjects fled on foot eastbound through the parking lot toward Sunrise Highway, detectives said. There were no injuries.

The first subject is described as a black male, approximately 26 years, 6’0”, wearing a Yankee baseball cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a gray jacket.

The second subject is described as a black male, approximately 26 years, 5’8”, wearing a black North Face jacket and a black backpack on his back.

Detectives request anyone with information about this robbery to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


Larceny Arrest at Chase Bank

The Seventh Squad detectives report the details of an arrest for Larceny that occurred in Massapequa on Monday, Jan. 10 at 2:35 p.m.

According to detectives, Lornell Nash of the Bronx, presented a forged check and a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license at the Chase Bank located at 4210 Sunrise Hwy. in Massapequa. The subject was apprehended outside of the bank when police arrived and was positively identified by bank employees.

The defendant is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 2nd degree and one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree and he was arraigned on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at First District Court in Hempstead.


Fire Engulfs Vacant House

The Nassau County Arson/Bomb Squad reports the details of a house fire that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 4 a.m. in Massapequa.

According to detectives, a fire fully engulfed a vacant house located on  Camp Road. Approximately 80 firefighters and 12 pieces of equipment from Massapequa, South Farmingdale, Wantagh, Amityville and Seaford Fire Departments responded to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported.

The Nassau County Fire Marshals Office also responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.