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Rockville Centre man wrote $18G in fraudulent checks to himself from employer, cops say

Robert Cosme, 25, of Rockville Centre, was arrested

Robert Cosme, 25, of Rockville Centre, was arrested Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, on charges including grand larceny and forgery for allegedly cashing $18,000 worth of checks he wrote to himself using his employer's checkbook between April and July, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

A Rockville Centre man was arrested and charged with grand larceny after police said he wrote himself $18,000 worth of checks from a Lynbrook business’ checkbook.

Robert Cosme, 25, of 204 Sunrise Hwy., was arrested Friday at about 8:30 a.m in Lynbrook after surrendering to Nassau County Crimes Against Property detectives. Police said that Cosme was employed at Ace North Shore Door Inc., at 207 Vincent Ave. in Lynbrook, when he removed several checks from the company checkbook between April and July 2015.

Cosme then cashed the checks at multiple check-cashing establishments, ultimately costing his employer $18,000, police said.

Cosme was charged with third-degree grand larceny and four counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument. He was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead and his bail was set at $2,000 bond, $1,000 cash, according to court records.

Cosme was previously arrested in the burglary of a Great Neck Pinkberry Yogurt Bar in June 2013, police said. In that case, police said Cosme, who had been fired in May from his job there as a shift manager, used his key to enter the store after-hours and take cash from a safe. The outcome of those charges was not immediately available.

Cosme is due back in court on the grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument charges on Dec. 15, court records show.

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