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The Suffolk County Police Department’s First Precinct and other local fire and law enforcement agencies report the following incidents:


West Babylon: On Fri., Jan. 4, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Suffolk County Police arrested an East Islip man for driving with 28 license suspensions. Police said Matthew Zaroba was driving a 2008 black Mercedes Benz, with very dark tinted windows westbound, on Little East Neck Road, West Babylon. The vehicle had no front license plate and an expired inspection, when First Precinct Patrol officers initiated a traffic stop. An investigation revealed Zaroba did not have a New York State driver’s license and his New York State identification card was suspended 28 times. Zaroba, 51, of East Islip was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, a Class E Felony and was also issued summonses for unlicensed operator, no front plate, switched license plates, illegally tinted windows, and operating an unregistered, uninsured and uninspected vehicle.


West Babylon: On Jan. 1, sometime before 4 a.m., someone broke into a Pratt Street home. Police, however, stated that at this time it is not known whether anything was taken.

Deer Park: An undisclosed amount of cash and other items were stolen during a break in at a Nicolls Road home. The break in occurred on Dec. 30 sometime before 4 p.m.


North Babylon: Police reported that on Dec. 26 someone stole a motorcycle from outside a Dollard Drive home. The theft occurred sometime prior to 6 p.m.

•Jewelry and cash were removed Jan. 4 from an apartment on Pickwick Lane. Police were called at noon.

Farmingdale: An unspecified amount of money was taken from someone’s purse at a Smith Street business Dec. 20. The theft occurred sometime prior to 9 p.m.

West Babylon: Police were called at 10 p.m., Jan. 2, after someone stole a 2012 Nissan that had been parked on 3rd Street.

Deer Park: An East Industry Court business notified police Jan. 4, that someone bought items with a forged check dated Dec. 7. Police are investigating.

•A television and other items were taken Jan. 4 from a home on Headline Road. The theft took place sometime prior to 10:48 a.m.


Copiague: Several drills were taken Dec. 31 from a Sunrise Highway Home Depot store. The theft took place at about 4 p.m.


Copiague: Someone vandalized a motorbike outside a Scudder Avenue home sometime between the night of Dec. 31 and 12:10 a.m., Jan. 1. The type of motorbike was not available.

•On Jan. 1, sometime prior to 3 p.m., someone vandalized a 2000 Chevy parked on Barcelona Place.

•A 2007 Nissan parked on Great Neck Road was vandalized sometime before 9:20 p.m., Jan. 4.

West Babylon: Several cars at an auto dealership on the eastbound Sunrise Highway Service Road were vandalized Dec. 28, sometime before 9 a.m. Police noted that various undisclosed items were removed from at least one of the cars.


DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Neal O’Sullivan, 53, of Farmingdale; Marvin Gatica, 35, of 112 Patton Ave., Wyandanch;

Rape: Jereme Miller, 44, of 65 Nicolls Rd., Wheatley Heights;

Grand Larceny: Gloria De Jesus, 24, of 125 Brookdale Ave., West Babylon; Shakeem Morgan, 31, of 84 North 17th St., Wyandanch;

Petit Larceny: Keith Cole, 34, of 365 45th St., Amityville.

The charges against those arrested are allegations, and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

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