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Hempstead man accused of stripping stolen vans, Nassau cops say

Richard Drakes, 23 of Hempstead was arrested Friday,

Richard Drakes, 23 of Hempstead was arrested Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, after he was found to be stripping stolen vans, two of which were found on his property, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

Nassau County police arrested a Hempstead man Friday night after finding he was stripping stolen vans, two of which were found on his property.

Police said they were notified by the NYPD that two stolen Ford Econoline vans had been tracked to a house on Glenmore Avenue in Hempstead.

Nassau police visited the home and investigated. A third stolen van, reported missing from Suffolk County, was found down the street, police said.

The tenant at the house, Richard Drakes, 33, was removing parts from the stolen vans to be used in other vehicles, police said.

Drakes was placed under arrest and charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and first-degree auto stripping.

At his arraignment Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead, Drakes was ordered held on $8,000 cash bail or bond, according to online court records. He is due back in court on Tuesday.

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