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Another bank robbery in N. Babylon

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Suffolk County Police Pattern Crime Unit detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at a bank in North Babylon Wednesday morning.

A man entered Chase, located at 35 Woods Road, and approached a teller with a note demanding cash and indicating that he had a gun. The teller gave the suspect cash from the drawer and he fled on foot northbound on Woods Road.

The robber is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark knit cap, a dark-colored jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call anonymously toCrime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Death toll up to 6

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Crews are still searching through the rubble of two Harlem buildings that were destroyed in a fiery explosion Wednesday morning.

Six people are dead and more than 70 are injured..  The power of the blast spread debris over roads and onto the elevated Metro North tracks suspending service for a few hours.  Con Ed says a neighbor reported the smell of gas prior to the explosion, but by the time crews arrived the blast had already happened. Con Edison officials promise a thorough investigation and say they are treating it as if it were caused by a gas leak.

The two Park Avenue buildings destroyed housed a storefront church and piano repair shop on the ground floor with 15 apartments above.  Sources say Hunter College public safety officer, Sergeant Griselde Camacho, Rosaura Hernandez-Barrios, Carmen Tanco and one unidentified person are among the dead.

Crackdown in Central Islip schools

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School officials in Central Islip want to extinguish cigarette and marijuana use on school grounds.

They plan to crack down on students after complaints at a recent board meeting from parents who say their kids aren’t happy about the smell of smoke and pot in their classrooms.  Superintendent Craig Carr told “News 12″ that if a student “appears to be under the influence, the parents will be notified and the student will be searched.”

Tires thefts in Hempstead

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Recent tire thefts have some Hempstead residents concerned.

One family found their car left on top of bricks on Martin Avenue.  Another resident told police that thieves took the tires off of his car while it was parked in his Edgewood Court driveway.  A Linden, New Jersey police officer recently said that tire thefts were up because of all the pothole damage from this horrible winter but Nassau and Suffolk police haven’t reported any unusual spike in tire thefts.

Body found on Miller Place beach

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Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death of a male found on a Miller Place beach yesterday.

Sixth Precinct police officers were called to the beach in front of the Miller Beach Surf Club, located at 23 Harbor Beach Road, after a man looking for driftwood discovered the body of a man lying on the sand.  A preliminary investigation by a Physician Assistant from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office indicates that the man was a victim of violence.  The victim has been taken to the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.

Wading River man arrested in Port Jeff Vandalism

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Suffolk County Police today arrested a man that vandalized a Port Jefferson restaurant earlier this month.

A man entered the outdoor back patio section of Tommy’s Place, located at 109 Main St., on March 1st at approximately 2:30 a.m.  The suspect kicked the rear door causing damage and used his lighter to burn several holes in a rear outdoor awning.

Sixth Precinct Crime Section Officers David Murray and Anthony Buonagurio investigated the incident and were able to identify the suspect as Brian Colantropo.

Colantropo, 34, of 11 Zophar Mills Road, Wading River, was charged with Arson 5th Degree, Criminal Mischief 4th Degree and Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree.  He is scheduled to be arraigned at a later date.

Man who forced captive teenage girl and 21 yr. old into prostitution to be arraigned on grand jury indictment

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A 35 year old Lindenhurst man arrested for forcing two females, one a teenager, to work as prostitutes, has been indicted by a grand jury, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Andrew AKA “Andy” Gayot, was arrested last month when probation officers secured a search warrant for his residence at 258 North Greene Ave.

“Cocaine, heroin and other narcotics were seized and the police investigation established Gayot intimidated these victims and used physical abuse and narcotics to compel them into prostitution,” District Attorney Spota said.

The victims are 15 and 21 years old.

Gayot is incarcerated in the county jail in lieu of $1,002,500 bond.

He is currently charged with compelling prostitution, three counts of promoting prostitution, rape in the third degree, unlawful imprisonment, weapons charges, criminal possession of a controlled substance and other crimes, DA Spota said.

State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho will unseal Gayot’s indictment tomorrow (Thursday March 13) in the Central Islip courthouse.

The court calendar will be called at 9:30 am.