An 18-year-old Hicksville man, arrested Tuesday driving a stolen car, has been charged with multiple crimes, including stealing cars, car parts and car keys, as well as with the violation of two protection orders, police said.
Carlos U. Mejia, of 18 Holman Blvd., faces two counts of criminal contempt, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, one count of petty larceny and one count of aggravated harassment. He faces arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Nassau County police said that Mejia was arrested on Hicksville Road at Fourth Street at 5:50 p.m. after a complainant notified them that a vehicle previously reported stolen from the Grand Prix Auto Dealership was parked in a lot on Heitz Place in Hicksville.
While that complainant was waiting for officers to arrive, police said he "observed defendant Mejia enter the lot driving a vehicle matching the description" of another stolen car.
Mejia fled, but was caught shortly after, police said.
Police said that on Aug. 13, Mejia violated an order of protection involving a 19-year-old man in Hicksville and that on Sept. 23 he violated an order of protection by going to residence in Levittown, where he also stole a steering wheel. On Sept. 13, police said Mejia stole a 2012 Volkswagen Golf from Bethpage Road in Hicksville. That auto theft was caught on video surveillance system, according to police.
Police said that, additionally, Mejia stole seven sets of car keys during a burglary at the Grand Prix Auto Dealership on South Broadway in Hicksville on Sept. 28 -- and that he later used some of those keys in connection with the stolen autos.