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Crime and court briefs


Cops: Man arrested

after fleeing at 100 mph

A Massapequa Park man was charged yesterday morning after driving a motorcycle more than 100 mph on the Long Island Expressway and then fleeing police, Suffolk County police said.

The arrest of Christopher Rios, 25, came after an anonymous person called 911 at 8:10 a.m. to report a motorcyclist speeding eastbound on the LIE near Exit 51, police said.

When highway patrol Officer Thomas Joy tried to pull the motorcyclist over near Exit 55 Rios accelerated and wove in and out of traffic, police said.

Officer Robert Copozzi of the motor carrier safety section noticed the driver speeding later at Exit 58 and arrested Rios when he left the expressway and pulled over at a worksite on Expressway Drive North in Islandia, police said.

Rios is charged with unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He also racked up multiple vehicle and traffic law violations, police said.

HOLBROOKSecond man charged

with robbing bank

A North Babylon man was arrested Tuesday, charged with robbing a Holbrook bank in May -- acting in concert, police said, with a Holbrook man previously arrested in that and eight other robberies.

Robert Wiegand, 46, was arrested by Suffolk County police Pattern Crime Unit detectives, charged with robbing a Chase Bank branch on May 22.

Last Friday, police arrested Troy Brinkhuis, 46, of Holbrook, charging him with robbing the Chase branch at 991 Main St. -- as well as with robbing eight other banks in Suffolk.

Brinkhuis was arrested after a robbery July 2 at a Capital One Bank in North Babylon, during which, police said he told the teller: "I'm sorry I have to do this to you. This will be the last time I'm doing this. I'm sorry. I'm sorry." He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held on $25,000 for each of the nine counts.

Police said the investigation into the robberies charged to Brinkhuis led to the arrest of Wiegand, who they said acted "in concert" with Brinkhuis during the robbery on May 22.

Wiegand is charged with third-degree robbery and second-degree criminal contempt, that after police learned he was in violation of an order of protection when he was arrested.

Wiegand faced arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip yesterday.

ISLAND PARKCops nab burglary suspect

inside lobster farm fence

An Island Park man was arrested and charged with burglary early yesterday after police officers on patrol found him in a locked fenced-in area of Jordan Lobster Farms.

Alec R. Aitchison, 19, of 1 Baker Ct., was charged with third-degree burglary after his arrest at 12:55 a.m., Nassau County police said. He was arraigned yesterday in First District Court in Hempstead and conditionally released to probation.

Police said officers on patrol became suspicious when they spotted Aitchison inside the fenced-in area outside Jordan Lobster Farms on Pettit Place, which is just a few blocks from the suspect's home, and launched an investigation. The officers determined that Aitchison had broken into the building through a rear door and, once inside, stolen cash from a register.

It was not immediately clear how much was taken.

Police said the money was recovered.

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