Crimes Nearby: Robbery; Impersonating a Security Guard

Patch reports on crime in the Long Island community.


An armed robbery at the GameStop store on Sunrise Highway caused several area schools to go into lockdown for a brief time Monday, Nassau police said. 

No injuries were reported in the holdup, which took place at 12:19 p.m. Three men wearing masks entered the store and ordered the 27-year-old store manager to the back of the store. One of the men had a gun, according to cops. The robbers stole video games, consoles and an unknown amount of cash before fleeing out the back door.


Six people were arrested and a manager was cited Thursday during a state liquor authority check at a Commack bar, police said. Suffolk County police conducted the check at Arizona Bar and Grill, at 6106 Jericho Turnpike at 11:50 p.m.

Scott Bejes, 28, of Kings Park, the bar's manager and bartender, was issued three citations; two for violations of New York State Alcohol Beverage Control Laws and one for a Suffolk County Sanitary Code violation, police said.

Two security guards, Jose Mejia, 22, of Oceanside, and Jamarr Williams, 24, of Brentwood, were arrested and charged with being unlicensed, according to police.

Four patrons of the bar were also arrested: Torrey Smith, 34, of East Northport, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Carla Donovan, 26, of East Northport, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Princena Degraffe, 27, of Central Islip, was charged with criminal
possession of marijuana. Benito Delgado, 30, of Huntington Station, was charged with disorderly conduct.


Charges are mounting for the Lindenhurst man who was caught by Suffolk police after trying to gain access by posing as a "town security guard" to Harding Avenue Elementary School on Friday. However, Joseph Ciambriello hasn't been arraigned yet, according to Inspector Gerard Gigante, First Precinct commanding officer, because he was sent for a psychiatric evaluation following his arrest March 2.

When police finally caught up with Ciambriello after he led officers on a wild car chase that began on East Shore Road in Lindenhurst which crossed through parts of West Babylon and ended in North Lindenhurst, it took several police officers and a taser gun to subdue him.

"We had to taser him three times because the first two times didn't have the intended effect. After the first time he ran across the street," Gigante said. "He was eventually subdued by five or six officers, and then transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip for treatment." 

Gigante said Ciambriello was treated then taken to Stony Brook Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.


A Lindenhurst man was arrested last week and charged with robbing the same West Babylon bank twice this month, police said. Christopher Legge, 39, robbed the Roslyn Savings Bank on West Montauk Highway on the mornings of Feb. 11 and Feb. 24, according to police.


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