Cops: Teen stole unattended idling cars in West Hempstead
A Uniondale teenager was arrested on Saturday after he stole several cars that had been left running unattended in West Hempstead on a chilly morning, Nassau County police said.
Police said the spree occurred early Thursday morning, beginning at 5:15 a.m., when a 64-year-old man left his 2000 Toyota running on Juliet Road in West Hempstead while he went inside his home to gather some belongings.
When the victim returned to the car, police said Jordon J. Jackson, 16, was driving it away.
Then, shortly after 6:30 a.m., a 36-year-old woman who had started her 2011 Honda and then gone back inside her Glen Road home discovered that her vehicle was missing, police said.
A 53-year-old woman who was warming up her 2005 Mercedes-Benz in the open garage of her Woodfield Road home also found her vehicle missing, police said.
Nassau County police said Hempstead Village officers saw Jackson driving the 2000 Toyota at 11 a.m. Saturday and arrested him.
After an investigation, Nassau police also found the Mercedes-Benz and another car that had been stolen from Hempstead. Police said they did not find the Honda.
Jackson was charged with second-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and four vehicle and traffic law violations.
At arraignment Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead, Jackson, who was charged as an adult, pleaded not guilty and the court set bail at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash.
-- With Lauren R. Harrison