Three Hempstead Men Arrested in Wantagh for North Bellmore Burglary

One of the defendants was also found in possession of narcotics.


Three Hempstead men were arrested in Wantagh early Thursday morning after a burglary in North Bellmore.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 2 a.m., First Precinct police officers responded to a residence on Jerusalem Avenue in North Bellmore for a burglary in progress.

A canine police officer responded to the area to assist and observed a 2002 Hyundai tailgating her unmarked police vehicle, police said. The vehicle then attempted to pass the police officer's vehicle on the right shoulder of the road several times.

According to police, the vehicle was stopped at Wantagh Avenue and Flower Avenue, in Wantagh, where the officer observed driver Richard Santiago, 20, Jose Valle, 17, and Jorshua Matheu-Lopez, 20, in the vehicle. A large screen television was seen in the trunk and Valle was observed sitting on electronic equipment.

The three defendants were removed from the vehicle when Valle was found to be in possession of multiple bags of a substance believed to be cocaine, police said.

An investigation revealed that the electronic equipment found in the car was the proceeds of the burglary at the North Bellmore residence. The defendants were then placed into custody.

Matheu-Lopez was charged with burglary in the second degree.

Valle was charged with burglary in the second degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

Santiago was charged with burglary in the second degree, as well as numerous vehicle and traffic law violations.

All three defendants will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Friday.

Chris Wendt March 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Way to go, Police Officers! Thanks for doing what you do for us....
Anthony DiMichele March 09, 2012 at 01:13 AM
great job to the boys and girls in blue
Jo March 09, 2012 at 04:08 AM
But what's going on around duckpond there still driving by at 11 pm with lights as if there looking for someone
Mitch March 09, 2012 at 02:16 PM
So basically if these three criminals had any brains and didn't tailgate and try to pass the unmarked police car, the police would have never caught these guys. Stupidity gets criminals caught. For every 1 they catch there remains 200 unsolved and forgotten. It's time to start paying NCPD what they're worth. I know many New York City Police officers who have raised their families on Long Island and continue to with a decent lifestyle, certainly not rich nor elegant but respectable.....I mean what do you want, they're cops, civil servants. It's time for the county government to implement the same pay structure as the NYPD officers receive starting with all incoming rookie officers. It's time for Nassau to start looking toward the future of Nassau or there will be no future, they'll be nobody left here for the police to protect and serve. Suffolk oughta be thinking along the same lines because that county is not in good either-
Chris March 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Hey Mitch....why not pay the cops minimum wage! Think of all the money we can save! I lived in NYC. If you call the NYPD you have to wait an hour for them to show up, and one hour is a pretty good response time. There are good cops in the NYPD but they are spread to thin by the city. Now that way of policing is in Nassau. Pay attention!!! Violent crime is on the increase in Nassau! What value do you place on your families safety. Ten bucks an hour for our cops? Sadly that is what most people will say. NCPD is being gutted. Where is my tax refund?
Mitch March 22, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Chris, nobody saying to not pay them but the salary the NYPD cops get should be more than acceptable for the NCPD cops. What's more, it'll help John Q. Citizen live a little better because the taxes have gotten out of control. Remember when they started skyrocketing...when the NCPD started making ridiculous salaries. I'd rather see the NCPD at a lower salary and hire more cops to patrol. Chris, you're either a Nassau cop or a relative to one because if you knew anything you would know these guys are grossly overpaid- The cops themselves know it as they laugh quietly all the way to the bank.
Chris March 22, 2012 at 01:44 PM
If you think the cops caused this financial mess you bought the politicians take on this crisis hook line and sinker! Class warfare, plain and simple. You are the type of person that points your finger at people doing well for themselves and blame them for your lot in life. Sadly this is the popular attitude in our society today. "Get those teachers and cops!" They make all the money! After we cut their salaries, the savings will be divided up among us and all will be good again! Wake up! Wall street stole our future and the government bailed them out and are still backing the thieves. This is much bigger than what the cops make. When enough people wake up maybe then the larger problem will be addressed. Government wants the citizens to point the finger at each other while they carry on business as usual. What do we do now? Lets go after Doctors. I think they are overpaid to! The Doctors at NUMC should be paid less! How about $45,000 a year. Lets get'em!!! Lets go after those teachers.....$100,000 a year to teach kids. To much....I will set their salaries at $25,000. Kids are not important anyway.
Mitch March 22, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Don't take shots at me Chris, I'm entitled to an opinion. I have no money problems but I know many who may never be able to retire here and keep the homes they raised their families in. It used to not be this way. I also agree that after the county stabilizes the police departments salaries something should be done with the teachers salaries. Let's remember...Cops are civil servants. Same as postal workers, sanitation workers, firefighters- these jobs used to be jobs with modest pay, job security and a pension. Nobody got rich- Now, they're getting rich on the backs of the taxpayors....thats wrong.
Chris March 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Cops on Long Island are rich?!! You cannot address the points I made in my previous post. You want to talk about who is rich and who is not. I cannot have a battle of wits with an unarmed man....I give up !
Mitch March 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
You should give up Chris because you know I'm right- You serve as a civil servant, you won't make too much money but you can retire after 20 and we'll pay you a pension and medical for you and your spouse for as long as you live...that's the perk-$ 100,000 per year pensions were never part of the original design.
Mitch March 22, 2012 at 08:22 PM
In the city if there's a pressing issue, the cops will be there in no time. This is why the dispatcher asks the seriousness of the call.


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