Cops: Drug charges in air-conditioner theft

Brett Cohen, 22, of New Cassel, was arrested Brett Cohen, 22, of New Cassel, was arrested after he allegedy stole an exterior air conditioning unit from a Hicksville home. Upon Cohen's arrest, Nassau County Police say they recovered heroin and a hypodermic needle in his car. Cohen was charged with grand larceny fourth-degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance seventh-degree and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. (May 25, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

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Police arrested a New Cassel man on Friday after witnesses reported him removing an outside central air-conditioning unit from a Hicksville home.

Nassau County police said that at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday witnesses saw Brett Cohen, 22, of 989 Railroad Ave., take the air-conditioning unit from the Hunters Lane home before fleeing in a 2012 Kia.

Police said plainclothes officers from the Second Precinct later arrested Cohen while he was exiting his vehicle outside his home. Police said officers found two envelopes of heroin and hypodermic needles inside the car.

Cohen faces multiple charges: fourth-degree grand larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.

Cohen is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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