In the wake of recent graffiti damage in Bellmore, Merrick and at nearby railroad stations, the Nassau County Police Department, in partnership with MTA Police, are on patrol and offering a Crime Stoppers Reward of up to $5000 for information leading to the arrest of individual(s) related to these recent incidences.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano remarked that “Nassau County will not tolerate quality of life crimes such as graffiti, as it hurts property values, drives away business, and takes away from our suburban way of life. Graffiti is everyone’s problem and residents can do their part by reporting graffiti in neighborhoods, on county properties or along the Long Island Rail Road to my office so that it can be removed.”
Trucks were spray painted with graffiti after a break in at an auto body shop
In the latest incident, in Bellmore on Monday, April 4, at around 12:30 a.m. the First Precinct Squad says an unknown male suspect entered Newbridge Auto Body, at 1353 Newbridge Road, and remained on the property for approximately one-and-one-half hours. During that time approximately eight customers’ trucks were entered and/or damaged. A silver-colored truck with green-colored cab and a 2005 white-colored Isuzu utility truck were sprayed with graffiti in multiple places with multiple sayings. Theft proceeds at this time include a Garmin GPS and a diesel tuner. The investigation is ongoing.
The suspect is described as a male white, 20 years old, wearing a white sweatshirt and white pants with a black stripe. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Meanwhile, police indicate that graffiti incidents have typically occurred overnight and generally consist of tags. While the MTA Police have full jurisdiction over crimes that occur on LIRR properties, the NCPD has offered assistance and is actively engaged in an effort to deter future incidents, as well as to identify and arrest the perpetrator(s). In an effort to partner with the MTA Police, the NCPD has made intelligence-led assets available, including: increased marked cars; uniformed officers; plainclothes detectives; and remotely monitored video surveillance cameras on station platforms.
To assist police, Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify the person(s) responsible, or anyone with any information about these quality of life crimes, to call their toll free hotline at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or contact the MTA Police Detective Division District #2 directly at 222-6501. Refer to PD Case Report COPE #3-16. Residents do not have to reveal their identity to help solve these crimes.