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Two Great Neck men among three alleged 'smash-and-grab' jewel thieves

06/25/15
The Island Now

A Brooklyn man and two alleged co-conspirators from Great Neck are in police custody in connection with a string of “smash-and-grab” burglaries that took place at Nassau County businesses over the last six months, including several jewelry stores from which more than $200,000 in merchandise was stolen, county prosecutors said.

Joseph Borelli, 42, of Brooklyn and brothers Rotem Balila, 25, and Edan Balila, 27, both of Great Neck, face various burglary-related charges for their alleged involvement in at least nine overnight incidents since the start of 2015, prosecutors said.

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Getaway driver for convicted cop shooter sentenced

06/19/15
The Island Now

The getaway driver in the 2013 shooting of a Nassau County Police Officer in New Hyde Park was sentenced Friday to seven years in jail and five years of post-release supervision. 

Renhang Qiu, 24, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty in May 2014 to burglary in the first degree. The shooter, Cong Xu, 22, of Brooklyn, was sentenced earlier this month to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. Acting Nassau Supreme Court Justice Philip Grella delivered both sentences. “This sentence closes the chapter on a case of greed gone terribly wrong,...| read more

Garden City insurance agent charged with stealing more than $250G from client, Nassau DA says

06/10/15
Newsday

An insurance agent from Garden City was charged Tuesday with inflating premiums and stealing more than $250,000 from a client and an insurance company, the Nassau County district attorney's office said.

John Sexton, 61, sent invoices to one of his clients showing the fraudulently increased premiums and kept the difference, and at one point stopped forwarding payments to the insurer, according to acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Sexton was arrested Tuesday by DA investigators and was arraigned before Nassau District Court Judge Paul Meli on two counts of second-degree...| read more

Singas proposes center to aid domestic violence victims

06/01/15
Newsday

Acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas Monday proposed a family legal center in Mineola to connect domestic violence victims with social service programs.

Singas, who is running as a Democrat for district attorney against Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, unveiled her plans Monday in a news release, saying the center would be modeled on similar initiatives in New York City and Westchester County.

Under the proposal, a coalition of nonprofits and county law enforcement agencies would move into offices at 400 County Seat Dr. to provide a "one-stop shop...| read more

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