Police: Great Neck woman heard car window shatter; suspect nabbed

Richard Salako, 37, who Nassau County police say

Richard Salako, 37, who Nassau County police say is from Far Rockaway, was arrested Saturday night and charged in the theft of a handbag during a smash-and-grab from a car parked in a driveway on North Road in Great Neck. The car's owner told police she witnessed the theft, and police officers reported finding Salako at a nearby house where he was arrested. (Dec. 21, 2013) (Credit: NCPD)

A Far Rockaway man was arrested in Great Neck after his victim said she heard him break her car window to steal her handbag Saturday night, Nassau County police said.

Police said the victim, a 58-year-old Great Neck woman, was at her North Road home about 10:40 p.m. when she heard glass breaking outside.

When she looked out the window, police said she saw a man walking away from her 2000 Nissan. The front passenger window of her car had been broken, and her handbag was missing, police said.


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The woman called police, who said they found the man, Richard Salako, 37, at another North Road residence.

Police arrested Salako and charged him with fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. At his arraignment on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Salako was ordered held on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. He is due back in court on Tuesday.

Police said the handbag was recovered at the scene of the arrest.

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