Police: Cop sees pair steal Wii controllers

A man and woman from Nassau County face drug and shoplifting charges after they were caught stealing Wii controllers from a Walmart store in East Massapequa on Wednesday, police said.

A Seventh Precinct officer, at the store at 200 Westfield Sunrise Mall on an unrelated shoplifting arrest at about 7 p.m., saw the two put six Wii controllers into the waistband of the man's pants and into the woman's shopping bag.

The officer and a store security guard then stopped the two after they left the store.


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The woman complied with the officer's request to accompany them to the security office, but the man did not and "began flailing his arms in an aggressive manner resisting arrest," police said.

The officer cut a finger during the struggle to arrest the man; the security guard bruised his hand, police said.

During the arrest, both the man and woman were in possession of heroin, police said.

Gregory Insardi, 26, of 226 N. Virginia Ave., North Massapequa, is charged with second-degree robbery, second- and third-degree assault, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Melanie Hlapatsos, 23, of 15 10th Ave., South Farmingdale, is charged with petty larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Insardi is scheduled for arraignment Thursday.

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