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Police Dispute Melville Crime Claims

Social media sites had reported accounts of push-in burglaries.

Suffolk County Police are challenging some online statements about crimes reported in the Melville area.

On Monday, several social media sites began reporting that push-in burglaries had occurred that day. Many of the site users began emailing the postings, contacting Patch and other organizations, and asking for further information.

But police said no such crimes occurred. "Homeowners in the Melville area did contact the police department regarding suspicious solicitors and officers did respond to investigate, but no burglaries were committed and no arrests were made," the department said Tuesday afternoon.

One posting read, "To everyone but especially those in the triangle area. Please be very careful! There are men walking around knocking on doors asking if you want a home improvement quote. They are actually pushing their way in and robbing the houses. They have been targeting women home alone with young kids. This is not the first time and they rang my bell 3 times today. The last time my husband and Doberman chased them off my driveway. The police are driving around. Please be careful and if they ring your bell call the police."

Police are inviting residents to attend a community meeting Wednesday morning at the South Huntington Public Library. The previously scheduled meeting will start at 10 a.m. Questions are welcome.



Mel January 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM
SF, get real. You are the one making this a personal thing. Maybe you should care about your fellow neighbors well being, instead of attacking the people who were told to spread the word to everyone in the neighborhood by the Suffolk police. This whole discussion is crazy, since the Huntington Patch got the facts wrong from the beginning. Don't blame the people who were actually there.
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM
It's called a job, and it is not illegal, can it annoy you, sure. Do you think they are enjoying it. Would they like to be home. Times are tough for some and even more than others. So they go from being aggressive sales person to push in robber because your annoyed
JaGee January 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM
I never said I was robbed... but I don't want people unidentified people ringing my doorbell at 830 in the evening.. enough with this ... Pam Robinson are you aware of this????
Mel January 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Door-to-door solicitations are jobs, but to walk around to specific houses with open front doors multiple times when it is dark out is not legitimate for any business. If so many people felt threatened enough to call the police, they should just shrug it off as 'aggressive sales people'? Sorry, but that doesn't sound logical to me. Did you get people ringing your doorbell multiple times yesterday asking for home improvement estimates?
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Hey Mel, glad you could join in, so you were there, who got robbed, was it you, enlighten all of us with your jems of wisdom
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Really JT, you don't like being corrected and properly informed so you yell for Pam
Mel January 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Yes SF, I was there and I spoke with the police just like 3 of my neighbors. No one got robbed, and there were 3 radio cars in the middle of our street for 20 minutes deciding how to 'handle' the situation. When multiple people called the 2nd Pct. non-emergency number, they stated that there was nothing happening in the area. That's how the misinformation and bad reporting started. So do you have a 'gem' of wisdom to add?
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Yes Mel it is legitimate Just like the cable company, the census, politicians send people out to do it, And how do you know where they go and that they pick certain homes. Are you following them. You are just over dramatizing it for your friend as usual.
Pam Robinson (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM
This is the full advisory issued by the SCPD at 12:20 p.m. today. Advisory: Clarification Regarding Community Concerns in Melville It has come to the attention of the Suffolk County Police Department Second Precinct that information regarding a series of crimes occurring in Melville has been circulating on several social media sites. This information pertains to push in type burglaries being committed on January 13th, 2014 by three men posing as contractors. This information is incorrect. Homeowners in the Melville area did contact the police department regarding suspicious solicitors and officers did respond to investigate, but no burglaries were committed and no arrests were made. As always, the concerns of the community are of great importance to the members of the Suffolk County Police Department. Any questions you may have can be addressed at our next Community Meeting on Wednesday, January 15th, at the South Huntington Public Library at 10 AM. For full details, view this message on the web. https://local.nixle.com/alert/5124488/?sub_id=1442555
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM
So Mel who got robbed, that is what the article said
Mel January 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM
And just to add to this, there were multiple push-in robberies in Melville last fall that had home improvement people casing the same area. So don't think that people are over reacting when people got attacked in their homes last year - we all have long memories. That is a fact.
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM
I never heard of any. That's concerning, so where do you get this info from so I can find out more, home invasions are very scary, how many Mel do you know who and where and any arrest, how were the home improvement linked to the actual crimes,
Tina January 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Unfortunately, people always need to be cautious when opening their front door. Using social media to spread fear is irresponsible. Be safe.
Mel January 14, 2014 at 10:46 PM
SF, read what Pam just posted. No one got robbed yesterday, and the 2nd Pct. police did respond to multiple reports but they made no arrests. Don't believe everything you read, especially without verifying from multiple sources. And no door-to-door cable company reps or any other solicitors (census, political, etc) are allowed to solicit once it gets dark out. It's for their own safety, not just the homeowners' safety. UPS and FedEx isn't supposed to deliver past a certain hour for the same reason.
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Exactly CM Thank you
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Yes Tina that is the best comment yet Thank you
SF January 14, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Mel you need to wake up. I read it and know this, you didn't. And you are misinformed about the solicitation, know the facts you are just making it up. Now back to the question you are avoiding. How do you know about the push in robberies and attacks from last fall, remember there were multiple ones. So please do tell where when and how they linked to the home improvements.
SF January 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM
You have a long memory Mel. Your words, so you should recall all this very easily. Thanks
walrus January 15, 2014 at 06:46 AM
Are you people serious with your freaking bantering back and forth all day? really?
Six Pack January 15, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Sharlia. Exactly!
SF January 15, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Hey Mel, did you enjoy the meeting this morning as much as I did. Very informative don't you think.
SF January 15, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Mel, JT Waiting form my apology. Not very neighborly
SF January 16, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Juliette, what happened to your post? I think some one didn't like hearing the truth again. Well I thought is was excellent and commend you for sticking up to the neighborhood bully. You left out the part where the police were posting that nothing happened and everything was ok and no danger. She replied to it saying the police were lying to further aggregate an already volatile situation.Can you believe that, crazy. Thank god no innocent people were hurt by her actions. Also I don't expect or want an apology from her. But JT and Mel do owe me one and I expect it from them, amazing how they went dark, and the agitator has been deleting her posts. Makes you go hmmmmm
SF January 16, 2014 at 06:24 PM
JT = JaGee Why changing your name?
JaGee January 17, 2014 at 06:15 PM
LISTEN SF I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHO I AM... but you heard as well as I did that the cops appreciate the fact that the neighborhood are on alert of any situations that occur good or bad maybe you should become proactive than trying to make trouble. Now the police are lying? C'mon you need to stop and perhaps get a life. That's why posts are deleted!
Tina January 17, 2014 at 07:10 PM
JaGee it looks like the person who said the police were lying was removed from this thread. I do not believe SF said anything negative about the police, it was the other person that was removed. I remember the thread & it sounded like SF was calling the person out. Maybe that person was the one who caused all of the neighborhood hysteria? The police were not happy that someone used social media to scare the neighborhood. It can be very dangerous to both the people who were trying to sell things door to door (who were found to be doing nothing wrong according to police) and the police department. There was even a post on here saying if they come by a persons house they would use their gun! This person got people nervous and scared. To think these people are just doing their job and someone may be planning to shoot them because of the hysteria that this person caused. I'm glad the posts were removed. I hope the police have tracked the person down.
SF January 17, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Listen JT or JaGee, you are lying just like your friend. You know who I am as I know who you are. Stop with your silly games you and your friend play, time to grow up. Both of you are way out of line as usual but this time it came back to bite you in the you know where. I heard no such thing of the police appreciating anything you and your friend did, so do tell where you heard this imaginary story from. Your friend said the police were lying, you were the one you swore up and down she was being truthful, remember you said you were there and knew for a fact. You said your friend doesn't trust any police anymore, why is that? Just because you change your name it doesn't change what you wrote, JT. So stop with your manipulative silly games, they don't work. You both went to far and jeopardized my family safety and the safety of innocent people. So JT GROW UP. Remember like Mel said we have long memories in this neighborhood, so apologies and we can be done with it.
JaGee January 18, 2014 at 06:51 AM
Yea your right time to grow up... I not stooping to your level any longer.... You think you know what's going when all this bs is personal... and I don't know who you are keep it that way
SF January 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Ok JT, you are so far beneath me that you would not only have to stand up, you would have to get on your BFF's shoulders just to stoop to my level. It is personal, just not the way you and her are trying to manipulate it so you look like the victims. It is personal because you and her put my family, friends and neighbors in harms way. Then you tried to bully your way out of it by switching it all around. The saying goes, the whole world can't be wrong, it must be you then. Let's remember you attacked me when I posted my perspective of the incident and article, I didn't attack you, just as I have the freedom to speak freely, so do you. You and her will not be able to manipulate this one this time, everyone knows the truth, you really are just embarrassing yourself, you should reflect back on this and previous incidents, time to reevaluate its a new year, I hope you move forward and not backwards with her.
Six Pack January 18, 2014 at 04:46 PM
So how about them Yankees

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