2007-10-12 / Community

Far Rockaway Man In Old Brookville Bust

By Howard Schwach

A Far Rockaway man has been arrested in connection with a robbery in Old Brookville and with several other larcenies in Nassau County, officials say.

A spokesperson for the Nassau County Police Department has identified the man as Herbert James, 54, of 69-33 Hillmeyer Avenue in Arverne.

Police say that James, acting in concert with another man who was previously arrested, entered a stationery store in the Park Plaza Shopping Center in Old Brookville last July. They say that he diverted the attention of the sales clerk and then reached into the cash register and removed an undisclosed amount of cash.

When the salesclerk tried to intervene, she suffered an injury to her hand, police say.

James has been charged with three other larcenies, all of them in Nassau County, three in the same Valley Stream Supermarket as well.

On September 26, 2005, he allegedly removed a female victim's wallet from her purse while she was shopping in the King Kullen Supermarket on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream.

On September 13, 2006, he allegedly hit a victim in the same supermarket, taking money from her coat pocket. Officials say that when the woman began to scream, he dropped the money and ran.

The following week, James allegedly attempted one more time to steal a wallet at the supermarket, this time successfully taking a wallet from a woman's coat and fleeing with it.

He was arrested at his Rockaway home on September 20 in connection with all of the larcenies.

According to a spokesperson for the Nassau County District Attorney, James was arraigned in Nassau County court in Mineola, Long Island, on September 21 on charges of robbery and grand larceny stemming from the four felony arrests.

Attempts to contact his attorney were unsuccessful at press time.

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