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Nassau grand jury indicts man accused in shoplifting spree

Alexander Wachmyanin, 50, was arrested on June 28,

Alexander Wachmyanin, 50, was arrested on June 28, 2015. Credit: NCPD

A Nassau man was indicted in connection with a shoplifting spree that targeted drugstores and supermarkets from January to late June.

Alexander Wachmyanin, 50, who has no known address, was arraigned on an indictment regarding the eight-time spree. He targeted CVS, Rite Aid and Key Food stores in East Rockaway, Garden City, Hewlett, Westbury and West Hempstead, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Monday in a news release.

"This defendant is charged with a six-month shoplifting spree that targeted locations all over Nassau County, and on one occasion he carjacked a woman and injured a bystander as he fled an East Rockaway CVS location," Singas said. "Crimes against local businesses will not be tolerated and my office will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law."

Wachmyanin was arraigned on the following grand jury indictment charges: two counts of second-degree robbery; one count of third-degree robbery; one count of second-degree assault; three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny; one count of second-degree reckless endangerment; one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief; one count of third-degree assault; one count of third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and six counts of petty larceny.

Wachmyanin's bail was raised to $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash and he is due back in court Aug. 17. If convicted of the top charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

In two of the eight shoplifting cases, the stolen merchandise exceeded $1,000, authorities said. Among the items taken during the spree were over-the-counter medicines, hair treatment products and razors.

Wachmyanin was arrested June 28 by the Nassau police special operations bureau, working with Fourth Squad detectives.

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