Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00
Beginning in late July, the Old Brookville Police Department began receiving larceny reports of items being stolen from unlocked vehicles parked in residential driveways in the villages of Brookville and Muttontown.
The thefts escalated in early August with the theft of two luxury SUV vehicles. Old Brookville Police Detectives assigned to the cases began tracking down purchases made on credit cards, which had been taken from some of the vehicles. These purchases led detectives to the Gravesend section of Brooklyn and during a week-long investigation both stolen vehicles were recovered intact.
A check of recently paroled car thieves in the area revealed a possible suspect who was already well-known to the Old Brookville investigators. Issac Gaon, 39, was arrested by Old Brookville Police in December of 2000 for a series of strikingly similar larcenies.
Gaon had been released from jail in March of 2009 and was now living on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn in close proximity to where the credit cards were being used and where the stolen vehicles were recovered. Video evidence was obtained implicating Gaon in the use of the credit cards and the subject’s apartment was placed under surveillance, police said.
On August 13, at approximately 4 p.m. Gaon was observed in the area by Detective Glen Bartlett and Detective Sergeant James McCarty. A foot pursuit ensued and after a brief struggle the subject was placed under police custody. Police said Gaon confessed to detectives that he committed the thefts to support his heroin habit and, in fact, was in possession of a small quantity of heroin when he was arrested. Gaon stated that he had targeted North Shore communities from Kings Point to Muttontown because homeowners in these areas tended to leave their vehicles unlocked at night, police said, and that he would utilize public transportation to travel from Brooklyn into his targeted areas. Commenting on the investigation and arrest of Gaon, Old Brookville Chief of Police Maurice T. Sullivan stated, “This is yet another example of the devastating effects of heroin and how it can negatively impact even the most affluent of communities in Nassau County. The swift investigation and arrest by our detectives is another example of our Department’s determination to track down and arrest these criminals who attempt to prey upon our seven village jurisdiction no matter where they might be.”
Issac Gaon was charged with four felony counts of Grand Larceny and numerous misdemeanor charges. Gaon is also being investigated for the thefts that occurred in Kings Point and other North Shore communities. The defendant was arraigned in Nassau County First District Court and was being held on $500,000 bond.