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Hicksville man gets 5 years for setting fire to strip club, burglarizing smoke shop, DA says

Craig Blum, 44, had pleaded guilty in June

Craig Blum, 44, had pleaded guilty in June to arson for starting a fire at the rear of Billy Dean's Showtime Cafe in North Bellmore and burglarizing the smoke shop, both on Dec. 15, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement. Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

A Hicksville man was sentenced Wednesday to 5 years in prison for setting fire to a strip club and burglarizing a smoke shop, officials said.

Craig Blum, 44, had pleaded guilty in June to arson for starting a fire at the rear of Billy Dean's Showtime Cafe in North Bellmore and burglarizing a Wantagh smoke shop, both on Dec. 15, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.

"The defendant recklessly set fire to a building and endangered the lives of many people that night," Singas said.

Justice Phillip Grella of County Court in Mineola imposed the sentence, which included 5 years of supervision after Blum is released.

The fire at the strip club damaged a hallway and bathroom, prosecutors said.

After setting the fire, "Blum drove to a nearby tobacco shop, kicked in the front door and stole candy as well as smoking paraphernalia," Singas said.

Blum was arrested walking down the street after a witness to the burglary at Burn Smoke Shop called police.

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