Crimes Nearby: Damaged Lawn Decorations in Hauppauge

The following arrest information was supplied by the Suffolk County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Suffolk County police reported the following arrests.

Three Village

A resident of Woodfield Road in Stony Brook reported Dec. 12 at approximately 4 p.m. that a telephone caller had demanded cash. Police said the incident turned out to be a phone scam.

A resident of Ramsey Court in Setauket reported Dec. 8 that an unknown person had damaged the swingset in the backyard at approximately 1 a.m. The incident is being investigated as fourth-degree criminal mischief.

A resident of Malvern Lane in Stony Brook reported Dec. 8 that an unknown person smashed the driver's side window and punctured a tire on a 1994 Ford Mustang parked in the driveway of the house at approximately 5:30 a.m.



Giselle McAuliffe, 26, of Commack, was arrested Dec. 15 and charged with one felony count of forgery 2. Police said McAuliffe stole checks from another person, filled them out and then chased them at a bank for $1,320.

Matthew Iovino, 19, of Commack, was arrested Dec. 12 and charged with one felony count of disseminating indecent material to a minor. Iovino sent three indecent photos of himself to a minor's Facebook account, according to police reports.



On Dec. 15, a Hauppauge homeowner on Dorchester Road called police at 10:10 p.m. to report that someone has intentionally damaged their Christmas lawn decorations. Three inflatable lawn ornaments and several sets of lights appeared to have been cut apart, according to the homeowner.


Miller Place-Rocky Point

Sara Oatis, 20, of Rocky Point, was arrested Dec. 15 in Rocky Point and charged with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery, both felonies. Police said Oatis made a check payable to herself in amount of $100 and cashed it and also forged and cashed a total of $3,775 in personal checks.

William Abner, 41, of Sound Beach, was arrested Dec. 10 in Rocky Point and charged with third degree burglary, a felony, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Abner was allegedly driving a 2000 Honda westbound on Rocky Point-Landing Road with a suspended license. Police said he was charged with burglary for allegedly breaking in to a building on Palm Road in Ridge and removing copper pipe on Sept. 8.


Port Jefferson

Blas Mendez, 25, of Port Jefferson Station, was arrested on Dec. 9 at about 9 p.m. and charged with assault with the intent to cause physical injury with a weapon. Police say that Mendez was in a parking lot near Islandwide Transportation on Main Street in Port Jefferson when he allegedly cut another man in the forearm with a knife, sending him to St. Charles Hospital for stitches. The incident occurred around 1 a.m. on Dec. 1. According to court records, on Dec. 10, bond was set for Mendez at $5,000 but was not posted. A temporary order of protection was also issued. His next court date is Dec. 20.

Anthony Librizzi, 23, and Alexa Vitacco, 21, both from Wading River, were arrested and charged with burglary, a violent felony. On Dec. 13 Librizzi and Vitacco allegedly kicked in the front door of a home on Hemlock Path in Belle Terre and stole a computer and jewelry. Librizzi was arrested in Centereach on Dec. 18 and Vitacco was arrested in Wading River on Dec. 13. According to court records, on Dec. 15 bail was set for Vitacco at $20,000 but was not posted. Her next court date is Dec. 19. No further information is available for Librizzi.

Ken Heard December 20, 2012 at 02:27 PM
gpgoldberg December 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Re lawn decorations. I had mine stolen two weeks ago and on the same block, my neighbor's son had his bicycle stolen. They called the police but I didn't report my theft. Around the block more lawn decorations were taken and a bicycle down the road from them. I didn't want the police to come to my house to take a report - for a few twinkling christmas trees and snowmen - because at the time I thought it was an isolated incident. I do think people should know there's been a rash of thefts on and around Hallock Avenue in Smithtown.


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