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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

Massapequa Park Man Accused of Stealing Pocketbooks from Shopping Carts

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Michael Hammond of Massapequa Park was taken into custody Sunday after allegedly removing a pocketbook from the cart of an 86-year-old woman at a North Bellmore Stop and Shop.

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NORTH BELLMORE, New York–Michael Hammond of Massapequa Park was taken into custody Sunday after allegedly removing a pocketbook from the cart of an 86-year-old woman at a North Bellmore Stop and Shop.

The victim, Margaret Smith, was shopping for fruit at the Stop & Shop just after 1 p.m. when Hammond snatched her purse out of her shopping cart. Another customer, Maureen Pizzaruso, spotted Hammond and screamed for help.

As Hammond, 24, was making his way out of the store, an undercover federal officer took him down. Police were called, and he was taken into custody.

But Hammond’s arrest was not without a struggle. While being escorted to the first precinct, he broke away from police and ran eastbound down Merrick Road in handcuffs. Police re-captured him moments later.

Police report that Hammond stole a pocketbook from the shopping cart of a 67-year-old woman at another grocery store in North Massapequa earlier in the day.

Other investigations disclosed that Hammond had committed similar crimes on May 1 and May 2, both in Freeport.

Hammond was also arrested for allegedly having 10 bags of heroin in his car.

He is charged with four counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and second-degree escape. His arraignment is scheduled today at First District Court in Hempstead.

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