A Uniondale man was arrested Sunday just hours after he stole more than $4,000 worth of cigarettes from a Valley Stream 7-Eleven — ending a string of cigarette thefts that detectives said amounted to almost $11,000 worth of smokes from seven Nassau County 7-Eleven stores during a three-week spree that began in mid-November.
Nassau County police said Fifth Squad detectives arrested Andre Christmas, 55, outside an apartment complex on West Columbia Street in Hempstead at about 6 p.m. Sunday, charging him with multiple counts of robbery, grand larceny and petit larceny.
Police said the spree began Nov. 19 at the 7-Eleven at 552 Franklin Ave. in Franklin Square, with the theft of $1,300 in cigarettes. On Nov. 21, police said Christmas stole $678 worth of smokes from the 7-Eleven at 310 Hempstead Ave. in Hempstead. A second theft at that store, on Nov. 27, netted just $44 worth of cigarettes, police said.
But later that day, police said Christmas also stole $2,900 worth of cigarettes from the 7-Eleven at 83 Franklin Ave. in Valley Stream.
The next theft was at the 7-Eleven at 2259 Jerusalem Ave. in North Bellmore on Dec. 3, when police said Christmas stole $1,143 worth of cigarettes, followed by a theft from the 7-Eleven at 2663 Jerusalem Ave. in North Bellmore on Dec. 8, when he stole $549 worth of smokes.
The final theft was on Saturday, when police said Christmas returned to the 7-Eleven on Franklin Avenue in Valley Stream — and this time stole $4,374 worth of cigarettes.
The total for the seven thefts came to $10,988.
Bail was set Monday at his arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead at $100,000 cash or $200,000 insured bond or $100,000 partially secured surety bond. Christmas is represented by Legal Aid, which generally does not comment on individual cases.