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Queens man charged

with robbing 4 LI banks

A Queens man has been arrested and charged with four bank robberies in Nassau County since October, as well as two attempted bank robberies Thursday, police said.

John Brooks, 58, of 133-33 Dennis St., Springfield Gardens, was arrested Thursday in Valley Stream by Nassau Robbery Squad detectives and Special Operations officers.

He was charged with the following robberies: the Roslyn Savings Bank at 1114 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park, on Oct. 7; the Bethpage Federal Credit Union bank at 210 Merrick Rd., Freeport, on Nov. 16; the Bethpage Federal Credit Union bank at 613 Sunrise Hwy., Lynbrook, on Dec. 16, and the Bethpage Federal Credit Union bank at 131 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, on Feb. 3.

Brooks also was charged with attempted bank robbery in incidents yesterday at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Mineola at 9:35 a.m. and at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, 170 Fulton Ave., Hempstead, about 15 minutes later.

He was to be arraigned Friday in First District Court, Hempstead.

Three men charged with

Radio Shack robbery

The manager of a Radio Shack store in Valley Stream heard alarms going off inside the store earlier this week and went to investigate.

What he found, police said, was a robbery in progress.

Nassau County police said two Brooklyn men were cutting alarm security wire attached to digital cameras on display, then pocketing the cameras. The manager tried to stop the two, but they fled.

However, police said, they didn't get far. Now the two and a third man that police said was driving the getaway van are under arrest, each charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Police said the incident happened at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Radio Shack at 100 Sunrise Hwy.

Police said Michael Silva, 21, of Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, and Tyrell Wilder, 24, of Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, entered the store and began cutting the security alarm wires to digital cameras on display. Police said that the duo pocketed four cameras before they were confronted by the store manager and fled into a waiting tan 2000 Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by James Moore, 23, of Hollis, Queens. The van sped off, police said. But the store manager called 911.

The van was stopped on Sunrise Highway near Ocean Avenue in Rockville Centre, where, police said, the trio was arrested and the stolen merchandise was recovered. The vehicle was impounded.

HEMPSTEAD

2nd teen charged

in man's shooting death

An 18-year-old Uniondale man was arrested yesterday and charged with murder in the shooting death of Hempstead man in January, police said. Another 18-year-old, who police described as a co-defendant, was previously arrested and also charged with murder, police said.

Alan Caldwell, of Park Place, was charged in the shooting death of Jose Rodriguez, 25, on Jan. 17. Lance Gaddist, of Linden Avenue, Hempstead, was arrested last month and arraigned. Caldwell was to be arraigned today in First District Court, Hempstead.

Rodriguez was discovered staggering in the street in the vicinity of Linden Avenue and Linden Place, Hempstead, about 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 17, police said. Rodriguez, who had been shot in the leg, was transported to the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow where he underwent emergency surgery but was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m.

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