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Crimes Nearby: Restaurant Assault Arrest, Stolen Electronics

Recent criminal activity reported in southeast Nassau County communities.

The following information is taken directly from the Nassau County Police Department's incident reports. None of the defendants have been convicted of a crime.

Copper Wire Theft - An organized ring of 15 Long Island Rail Road employees and two others were indicted Friday after conspiring to steal more than $250,000 worth of copper wire belonging to the LIRR, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

East Meadow
  • On Jan. 14, a bike was removed from a bike rack at Woodland Middle School.
  • A driver was arrested in East Meadow on Jan. 20 after Nassau County police said they had to take evasive action to avoid being hit by him.
  • An East Meadow man was arrested on Jan. 21 for allegedly blinding a man in an assault in October.
Levittown
  • On Jan. 13, a window was broken on a car on Loring Road in Levittown.
  • On Jan. 17, a rear view mirror was damaged on a car on Mallard Road.
  • On Jan. 18, a TNR performance part was stolen from a car on Laurel Lane.
  • On Jan. 20, a car was keyed at Town & Country Motors in Levittown.
  • On Jan. 15, 15 toner cartridges and a printer were stolen from Staples on Hempstead Turnpike.
  • On Jan. 21, 9 cases of similac formula was stolen from BJ's on Hempstead Turnpike.
Wantagh
  • License plates were stolen off of a vehicle parked on Sunrise Highway in Wantagh sometime between Jan. 16-19. 
  • Surveillance cameras that were mounted on the outside of three businesses on Merrick Road in Wantagh were removed on Jan. 18. The affected businesses included CRC Computer Center, Jetmore and Enterprise Car Rental.
  • An iPad was removed from a vehicle parked on Manchester Road in Wantagh sometime between Jan. 20-21. No damage to the vehicle was reported.
Hicksville

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An East Meadow man was arrested for an October assault that left a 36-year-old Hicksville restaurant employee blind in one eye.

 According to Nassau County detectives, Premaras Selvaratnam, 31, was having dinner with friends on Oct. 19 at the Copper Wok restaurant, located at 16 West Marie St. in Hicksville.

Police said that during the meal, Selvaratnam and his friends began causing a disturbance. After being asked to leave by a restaurant employee, Selvaratnam got up and hit the employee in the head with a bar stool. The strike from the bar stool caused lacerations to the employee's head and a severe eye injury. Read the full story here.

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