Police: Hempstead Man, Joseph Smith, 32, Charged with Multiple Rooftop Air Conditioner, HVAC Larcenies
April 27, 2015
LONG ISLAND, NY – Nassau County Police have arrested a Hempstead man for Grand Larceny from and incident that occurred in Hempstead on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:57 in Hempstead.
According to detectives, Hempstead Police Officers responded to call of a man removing parts from a rooftop air conditioner belonging to the Salvation Army located at 194 Front Street. Upon police arrival they observed the defendant Joseph W. Smith, 32, of Hempstead run from the rooftop and onto the street in order to avoid police.
Joseph W. Smith, 32, of Hempstead is charged with five counts Grand Larceny 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 2ND Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Photo NCPD.
An extensive search was then conducted and at 6:50 pm the defendant Joseph W. Smith was located in front 91 South Franklin Avenue and placed into police custody without incident. There were no injuries reported. Nassau County Third Squad detectives later determined that the defendant was responsible for other roof top HVAC larcenies and closed out pending cases for incidents that occurred on:
April 04, 2015 – roof top at 94 Taft Avenue, Hempstead
April 12, 2015 – roof top at 77 South Main Street, Hempstead
April 13, 2015 – roof top at 389 Peninsula Boulevard
April 14, 2015 – roof top at 369 Peninsula Boulevard
April 15, 2015 – roof top at 389 Peninsula Boulevard
Joseph W. Smith is charged with five counts Grand Larceny 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 2ND Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at First District Court in Hempstead.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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