Suspect arrested in thefts during basketball game

Dasheen Simpkins, 20, of Flushing, was arrested on Dasheen Simpkins, 20, of Flushing, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, and charged with grand larceny and petty larceny in connection with thefts during a men's basketball game at LIU Post in Brookville on New Year's Day, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

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A Queens man was arrested Wednesday, charged with stealing cellphones from coaches and players at a men's college basketball game at LIU Post in Brookville on New Year's Day, police said.

Dasheen Simpkins, 20, of 162-08 77th Ave., Flushing, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and four counts of petty larceny after his arrest by Nassau County police Second Squad detectives at his home at 8:20 p.m.

Police said that during a men's basketball game between Post and Adelphi at Post, Simpkins is suspected of entering the visiting team locker room and taking four cellphone and two cellphone cases from players and a coach.

Police said detectives linked Simpkins to the crime through video surveillance footage.

Simpkins was arraigned Thursday and being held pending a $750 bail.

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