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Man beats girlfriend with branch, Over 20 cars vandalized in Massapequa Park, Cemetery case thief caught and other local news for Tues., Feb. 21, 2012

Suspects Wanted in Massapequa Car Vandalism; Man Stole Vases from Cemetery to Melt Down; Clerk Beaten and Tied Up by Burglars; Mineola Man Beats Girlfriend with Branch;

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Suspects Wanted in Massapequa Car Vandalism

Over 20 cars had their windows and mirrors smashed or broken in Massapequa Park as a part of a vandalism spree during the past weekend. Between 6pm Saturday and 12:20pm Sunday many vehicles had their rear windows, front windshields or sideview mirrors smashed and/or broken. Police are investigating the incident and ask that anyone with information to contact police at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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Man Stole Vases from Cemetery to Melt Down

A West Babylon man has been arrested and is accused of stealing vases from a Long Island cemetery with the intent to melt them down and sell them for scrap. Shaun Dosch, 26, was found with 22 bronze vases that had been stolen from Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale over the course of the last few months. Police report the value of the vases is estimated at over $7,000. Dosch faces theft and control substance charges.

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Clerk Beaten and Tied Up by Burglars

Sunday afternoon, three burglars pretending to be customers at Amy’s Boutique in Hempstead beat and tied up a woman working at the store as a clerk. The incident took place around 3:30pm. The burglars forced the woman to the back of the store, demanded money, punched the woman in the face and tied her hands together with duck tape. The suspects fled the scene, making off with cash and merchandise from the boutique. The victim was able to free herself and sought help from a nearby business. Third Squad detectives are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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Mineola Man Beats Girlfriend with Branch

An arrested was made Saturday night after a Mineola man beat his girlfriend with a tree branch not far from the Third Precinct station house. James Coraci, 24, of Mineola, engaged in a verbal argument with his girlfriend, 18, around 6:45pm Saturday night while the pair walked on Jericho Turnpike in Roslyn. Coraci began screaming at the victim, shoving her to the ground, slapping her and pulling her hair. He then allegedly broke a branch off of a tree and hit the victim in the face and head several times. The victim then walked toward the Third Precinct station with Coraci still following her and yelling at her, violently pulling her hair. Even after the victim had entered the station house Coraci was still behind her yelling. Police officers inside the precinct ordered Coraci to stay where he was but Coraci instead fled the scene as several officers chased him. He violently resisted arrest out of the precinct upon apprehension and is being charged with assault in the second degree, possession of a dangerous weapon in the fourth degree and resisting arrest.

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