Crime Report: Firefighter Accused of Setting Car on Fire; Man Wanted for Sexual Assault in Patchogue

A firefighter could be facing jail time after torching a car; Police are looking for a man that sexually assaulted a woman.

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Firefighter Accused of Setting Car on Fire
Police said that a North Bellmore firefighter could face jail time after an escalated argument that lead to him setting a Jeep Cherokee on fire. According to the Bellmore Patch, 25-year-old Matthew Greve was arrested on Tuesday for starting the fire back in May.

It is unclear who the owner of the car was, but police stated that the person was an acquaintance of Greve’s. The two apparently got into an argument, and on May 19 the firefigher torched the unoccupied vehicle on Dewey Avenue in North Bellmore.

Greve, who is from West Hempstead, entered the North Bellmore firehouse on May 19, filled a water bottle with gasoline and removed a Halligan Fireman’s tool. He then broke a window of the car, poured the gasoline inside and lit it on fire. No injuries were reported, and the car was destroyed.

Greve was scheduled for arraignment today at First District Court in Hempstead.

[Source: Bellmore Patch]

Man Wanted for Sexual Assault in Patchogue
Suffolk County Police are encouraging anyone with information regarding a sexual assault and robbery that occurred in Patchogue early Saturday morning to come forward.

According to police, a 24-year-old woman was walking down Main Street around 3:15 Saturday morning when a man came from behind her and dragged her into a wooded area. She suffered from many cuts and bruises, as well as a broken nose.

The woman was treated at the local hospital. The suspect is being described as a tall, Hispanic or light-skinned black man in his 20s with a thin build. Police believe he fled east down Main Street, and was wearing a black t-shirt, dark colored jeans and a wool ski type hat.

Police did not release the name of the victim.

As detectives investigate the crime, anyone with information regarding the incident should call Crime Stoppers. You can contact them at (800) 577-TIPS, through their website at, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577. Tips will be kept anonymous.

[Source: Suffolk County Police]