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Police: Three Arrested After Stealing $53K Worth of Cemetery Vases

Three people arrested in Farmingdale on Thursday, police say.

Three people were arrested Thursday after police said they stole bronze vases from Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale on several occasions.  

First Precinct officers responded to a 911 call of a theft in progress at Pinelawn Cemetery, located at 2030 Wellwood Avenue, around 12:15 p.m. Thursday, police said.  

Officers located two male suspects who were still at the cemetery in a white 2010 Volkswagen Beetle which had also been driven in a prior theft at the graveyard, police said.  

When the officer attempted to initiate a stop, the driver of the Volkswagen evaded police by driving through a locked metal gate.  After a brief pursuit, the suspects were apprehended at the intersection of North Pine Drive and North Linden Street in Massapequa, police said. 

Further investigation by First Squad detectives revealed that the driver of the vehicle Nicholas Giambalvo, 27, his passenger, Max Schneider, 24, and the owner of the Volkswagen, Elizabeth Dono, 27, were responsible for the thefts of numerous vases from Pinelawn with a combined value of approximately $53,000, police said.  

The thefts occurred on Oct. 1 and 16, 2013, and Feb. 5, 6, 2014, police said. 

Giambalvo and Dono were also charged with a burglary that occurred in December in which they entered a vacant home on Kime Avenue in North Babylon and stole copper piping, police said. 

Giambalvo, of Dix Hills, is charged with four counts of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, Unlawfully Fleeing an Officer, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving and Resisting Arrest.

Schneider, of Dix Hills, was charged with two counts of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and Resisting Arrest.

Dono, of North Babylon, was charged with Grand Larceny and Burglary 3rd Degree.

All three are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday. 

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the vase thefts or have any additional information to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

massapequa mom February 07, 2014 at 10:10 AM
disgusting, glad they were caught, probably drugs I would say and that is sad,
knee jerk February 07, 2014 at 11:59 AM
How many would you have to steal to add up to $53,000?
Six Pack February 07, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Ya. There is no heroin problem on the island.
Tina Christie February 08, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Why don't we wake up and realize what is going on heroin is taking over our children and we need to find the people who are giving it to them now. This is just an example of what they will do to get drugs how sad to steal from the dead. I can go to a doctor and ask for pain Meds because I have a good reason they tell me no , but our kids can be addicted to pain Meds and heroin because it's easy to get on the street where is the justice and who pays for it the Parents... So very sad...
Pat Kelly February 08, 2014 at 09:52 AM
The Scrap Metal company, should be charged for buying stolen property.
Six Pack February 08, 2014 at 10:29 AM
It is a lot easier and cheaper to get heroin. A pill on the street is between $20-30 a pill whereas a bag or deck of heroin is 10 bucks. If you get a bundle or 10 decks the dealer will cut you a break. Heroin is everywhere. Parents need to wake up and talk the their children. If your child is between 16-25 they know someone on this stuff and or know where to get it. From muttontown to the back ally's in Hempstead. It is everywhere on Long Island.
Glenn February 08, 2014 at 01:59 PM
These morons are in their mid twenties and should be way beyond this kind of behavior! Someone made the comment that the parents are going to pay for it. Wrong!!! The taxpayers are going to pay for it by paying for their court fees and jail time! For all we know, the parents are just as bad as the kids even though these fools are no longer KIDS! They are responsible adults! Correction, irresponsible adults. Usually, not always, people like this are from homes that are in complete disarray, unorganized and no structure or discipline within that home. The parents smoke cigarettes, do drugs and alcohol and then try to discipline their kids. What a joke! So the kids grow up without decent roll models just people who are incapable of being good responsible parents! Unfortunately, there are many families on the island that fit this description. These morons will now pay for their crimes and I couldn't be more happier that they were caught! Good for them! Just a few more idiots that good people of society don't have to deal with or tolerate.
Ilivehere February 08, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Who's the idiot recycler that accepts them? That didn't ring a bell?
Al Fischer February 09, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Whats worse is the scrap dealer knows just what these are and I hope they find out who these dealers are and they should also be charged !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tina Christie February 09, 2014 at 09:53 AM
You are so right Al if they knew the scrap dealer wouldn't take it they would not have stole Pinelawn. He also should be charged with the crime ..just like the porn shops who buys jewelry from dirt bags and they know it's stolen where is the justice????
Six Pack February 09, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Pawn shops not porn shops. Get ur mind out of the gutter. Ha ha. I do that all the time!
Tina Christie February 09, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Sorry lol your are correct six pack
Six Pack February 09, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Thanks T C.
knee jerk February 09, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Best show on cable: "Hardcore Pawn"
Archy Bunka February 10, 2014 at 09:05 AM
How low is low? Lower than a snakes belly? I guess they were selling the urns for scrape? I can't imagine that there is much of a market for used funeral urns. "When the officer attempted to initiate a stop, the driver of the Volkswagen evaded police by driving through a locked metal gate." Now these three morons have a wrecked VW, and at least two more charges for evading police and damaging property.
Christina McDevitt February 11, 2014 at 03:15 PM
well considering i used to know one of the 3 involved IT IS HEROIN RELATED..... now reading this article i'm worried about my great grandmothers grave.... hope they get what they have coming to them
Sal Anthony February 26, 2014 at 04:56 AM
Nassau county does not have a heroin problem
Six Pack February 26, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Sal, your kidding right?

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