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Cops: Islip Terrace man accused of nine nail salon robberies

An Islip Terrace man charged in January with robbing four Islip nail salons at gunpoint in less than a month has been charged with five more salon robberies, this time in Nassau County, police said.

Salvatore Scimeca, 55, was arraigned May 9 after being charged with robbing the five additional nail salons in December 2013, the same month he robbed the Islip spas, authorities said. He is accused of flashing a gun during each of the robberies, which took place in Franklin Square, New Hyde Park, Wantagh and Valley Stream.

He has been charged with five counts of first-degree robbery, police said, and was remanded to jail by a Nassau County judge. State records show he pleaded not guilty during arraignment May 9. He was initially arrested Jan. 1, charged with displaying a gun and robbing four Islip salons, police said. They said Scimeca was believed to have robbed at least nine salons between Dec. 13 and 31, with the other five in Nassau. A Suffolk County judge set bail at $600,000 cash or $1.8 million bond.

In court documents, Scimeca said he was an addict and committed the robberies to get money for drugs.

In late December, Nassau police issued a warning to nail salon workers to be on alert for an armed robber who had been targeting the businesses, usually striking between 6 and 8 p.m., shortly before the salons closed for the night.The five Nassau nail salon robberies took place as follows:

Dec. 23: Tiffany's Nail & Spa Palace, Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream

Dec. 26: Angel Nail & Spa, Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square

Dec. 28: Tony's Angel Nails, Merrick Road in Wantagh

Dec. 28: Valley Stream Nail Fetish Inc., Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream

Dec. 30: Cleo Nails & Spa, Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park

With Kevin Deutsch

and Tania Lopez

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