Cops: 3 arrested after trying to siphon gas in Jericho

Three people trying to siphon gas from vehicles in a Jericho parking lot were arrested Tuesday at 2:40 p.m. and charged with attempted petty larceny, according to Nassau County Police.

John Mullaly, 30, of Hicksville, who was seen pulling on vehicle door handles in the parking lot of Lifetime Fitness, 350 Robbins Lane, was stopped by a Second Precinct officer, police said.

Michael Ioveno, 37, Hicksville, and Jaclyn Accetta, 23, Sea Cliff, then approached the officer in their vehicles, saying they were Mullaly's friends, police said.

As the investigation progressed, Ioveno was found to have a hypodermic needle in his possession, with a long tube and funnel found in his 1998 Dodge Ram truck, and Accetta had a red plastic gas can containing a small amount of gasoline in her 2009 Nissan Rogue, police said.

Mullaly also was found to have a hypodermic needle and an illegal narcotic known as suboxone sublingual film tabs, police said.

Besides being charged with attempted petit larceny, Mullaly was also charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument; Ioveno with possession of burglary tools and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle; and Accetta with possession of burglary tools.

They were arraigned Thursday in First District Court, Hempstead.

Mullaly, was given $2,500 bond/$1,000 cash bail and was being taken to the Nassau County Correctional Center. He is next due in court on Nov. 9.

Both Ioveno and Accetta were released on their own recognizance and are due back in court on Nov. 27.

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