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Crimes Nearby: Forged Prescriptions, an Assault and a Car Crash

A round-up of top crime and police stories reported in neighboring communities.

A car crashes into the front entrance of Day & Nite Refrigeration at 10 Charles St. in New Hyde Park on Feb. 19, 2013. (Credit: Geoffrey Walter)
A car crashes into the front entrance of Day & Nite Refrigeration at 10 Charles St. in New Hyde Park on Feb. 19, 2013. (Credit: Geoffrey Walter)
The following information was supplied by the Nassau County Police Department, Rockville Centre Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate guilt.

Mineola
  • Nassau County Police are asking for help in investigating a burglary at the Birchwood Court apartment complex in Mineola Tuesday morning. According to detectives, at 11:15 a.m., a 69-year-old female victim returned to her residence on Birchwood Court and observed an unknown male Hispanic in her apartment going through the drawers of a desk. The victim grabbed the subject but he was able to break free and flee the scene on foot. An investigation determined that jewelry and U.S. currency were missing. No injuries were reported. The subject is further described as approximately 40 years old, 5’06” tall, stocky build, wearing a blue and white fleece jacket. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
New Hyde Park
  • A car crashed into a Charles Street business on the New Hyde Park-Floral Park border Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were sustained in the crash in which a white two-door sedan crashed through the front door of the Day & Nite Refrigeration and Air Conditioning building at 10 Charles St. at about 2:56 p.m. The New Hyde Park Fire Department responded to the scene as well as Nassau County Police Ambulance. Workers inside the office building said that they suddenly heard a loud boom as the car, driven by a black male, crashed through the small lobby and through a back wall as well, shattering glass and windows. The driver of the vehicle refused medical attention and was unhurt. There were no injuries reported at the scene. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.
Rockville Centre
  • On Feb. 11 at 5:12 p.m., a complainant from Merrick Road in Rockville Centre reported that between 4:45 and 5:10 p.m., two unknown males restrained her in the apartment, displayed a handgun and attempted to steal property. There was no reported loss at the time of investigation at the scene.
  • A valuable baseball card collection and prescription medication were stolen from a Rockville Centre home Jan. 31. A resident reported to Rockville Centre Police on Feb. 1 that sometime between 1 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Jan. 31, an unknown person(s) broke into her Meehan Lane home and removed baseball cards valued at $2,700 and prescription medications from a safe located beneath her bed.
West Hempstead
  • An Oceanside woman was arrested Feb. 14 for using forged prescriptions to obtain Vicodin pills from the CVS Pharmacy in West Hempstead. According to detectives, Kathleen Trumpatori, 53, presented a forged prescription in the name of a 49-year-old female victim to CVS Pharmacy located at 814 Hempstead Ave. on five separate occasions between February 2012 and September 2012. During each visit on Feb. 16, March 7, May 29, July 11 and Sept. 13, Trumpatori was able to obtain 30 pills of Vicodin, police say. After an investigation, Trumpatori was placed under arrest on Feb. 14 in Wantagh without incident. Trumpatori is being charged with five counts of second-degree Possession of a Forged Instrument and five counts of second-degree Identity Theft.
For more local crime, click on the following links: Malverne, Rockville Centre, New Hyde Park and Mineola.