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Three arrests in drugs,

theft and stalking case

Two men and a woman were arrested Sunday in connection with a case involving drug possession, theft and harassment, Nassau County police said.

Jay Capodiferro, 29, of 57 Edwards St., Roslyn Heights, was charged with two counts of petty larceny, third-degree stalking and second-degree aggravated harassment, police said. He was arraigned yesterday and bail was set at $5,000.

Janine Devlin, 29, of 3 Foxcroft Rd., Albertson, was charged with petty larceny, police said. She is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 2.

Stephen Devita, 29, of 124 Seward St., Mineola, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. He was arraigned Monday and held pending a $25,000 bail.

Devlin was released on a desk-appearance ticket returnable to First District Court on Sept. 2, police said.

Police said the initial incident took place in Roslyn Heights on Aug. 11 about 8 p.m. It was then, police said, that Capodiferro and Devlin "took assorted pieces of jewelry from a female victim" while at her home in Roslyn Heights. Following the theft, police said Capodiferro "also harassed and stalked" the woman.

Police said that on Sunday, Capodiferro "attempted to sell the jewelry" to Devita "as an exchange for drugs" -- but instead was arrested. Devita was found to be in possession of stolen jewelry, opiate pills and about 11 grams of heroin, police said. Some of the jewelry was recovered at the scene and returned to the victim.

ROOSEVELTDefacing of post office wall investigated as bias crime

Police are investigating a bias incident after a swastika and graffiti were found painted on the back wall of the U.S. Post Office on Mollineaux Place in Roosevelt Sunday.

Nassau County police declined to elaborate on the message found painted in white paint along with the swastika, calling it only "a racially biased statement."

Police said investigators believe that the incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.

All calls will remain confidential, police said.

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