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Amityville men cited for fighting crime

At Monday night’s village board of trustees meeting, three Amityville residents were cited for their help apprehending suspects in two thefts, a police sergeant was recognized for a fundraising project and two longtime village employees were promoted.

Two residents — Stephen Mangiante and James D’Amato — were recognized for quick response to a robbery that occurred in December. Police Chief Donald Dobby said Mangiante was nearby when a woman was robbed in a downtown parking lot and called 911, gave police a description of two suspects and began to follow them. D’Amato joined in, phoning in valuable information to the police, who caught the suspects and arrested them, Dobby said.

In a second theft, in April, Michael Lynch had just gotten his morning bagel on Merrick Road when he saw two men run out of a nearby shop and down the street, Dobby said. Lynch followed them, called 911 and told police when he saw one of the men holding a woman’s pocketbook, which Dobby said turned out to be stolen. Police arrested the men, charged them with grand larceny and returned the pocketbook — containing cash and credit cards — to its owner, a woman who told officers she never expected to see it again.

Dobby described the acts as “above and beyond.”

He also recognized Sgt. Brian Scott, whose participation in the Police Unity Tour bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., has raised thousands of dollars for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum.

The trustees appointed Bruce Hopper to the position of superintendent of the Department of Public Works and John Smith to sergeant in the police department.

Hopper, a 22-year village employee who was foreman of the department, has been doing a superintendent’s job while it’s been vacant, Mayor Peter Imbert said.

Smith, in his 25th year on the force, is the son of a police officer, Tom Smith, and one of four police officer brothers, Dobby said. He will wear his father’s badge number, 15.

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