Crime Watch, Part Two: Taco Bell Assault, Handgun Menacing

Recent police activity as reported by the RVCPD.


  • On Nov. 24 at 1:31 a.m., a complainant from Baldwin reported that he was assaulted while at the Taco Bell located at 570 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre.
  • On Nov. 24 at 3:28 a.m., a complainant from North Merrick reported that he was assaulted by an unknown male while in the vicinity of S. Park Avenue and Municipal Parking Field No. 4 in Rockville Centre.


  • On Nov. 25 at 4:13 p.m., a complainant from Rockville Centre reported that at approximately 3:20 p.m., an unknown male menaced her with a black handgun while in the vicinity of N. Forest Avenue and Maple Avenue in Rockville Centre.


  • On Nov. 20 at 1:33 p.m., a Bellmore resident reported that unknown person(s) stole $500 from his unlocked motor vehicle while it was parked at Friday’s, located at 716 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre on Nov. 12 between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. 
  • On Nov. 20 at 6:19 p.m., a security officer from the CVS Pharmacy located at 598 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre reported that an unknown person stole baby formula and shampoo valued at $167.89 and fled on foot eastbound on Merrick Road. 
  • On Nov. 23 at 7:15 p.m., a complainant from Levittown reported that sometime between 6:20 p.m. and 6:40 p.m., unknown persons stole a pocketbook containing credit cards, miscellaneous paperwork and $40 while on a NICE bus traveling from Uniondale to Rockville Centre.
  • On Nov. 24 at 2:45 a.m., a complainant from Baldwin reported that at approximately 12:38 a.m., an unknown male stole a Canon camera valued at $2,000 from Extra Butter clothing store, located at 266 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.

Unusual Incident

  • On Nov. 19 at 12:38 p.m., a Rockville Centre resident reported that unknown person(s) made unauthorized purchases in Massachusetts and New Hampshire from her T.D. Bank account without authorization.

ABC Violation

  • On Nov. 22 at 12:23 a.m., Steve Fleming, the owner of Cannon's Blackthorn Restaurant, was issued an appearance ticket for ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) violation - disorderly premise - regarding a disturbance and assault. 

Property Damage

  • On Nov. 21 at 11:22 a.m., a Cedarhurst resident reported that the rear bumper of his 2012 Hyundai motor vehicle was damaged by unknown means while parked on Sunrise Highway in the vicinity of Morris Avenue on Nov. 17 at approximately 9:30 p.m.
  • On Nov. 24 at 9:15 a.m., a complainant from West Hempstead reported that sometime between 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 and 3 a.m. on Nov. 24, a 1992 Toyota motor vehicle parked on Meehan Lane in Rockville Centre was damaged by unknown means.

Property Lost

  • On Nov. 22 at 3:46 p.m., a Rockville Centre resident reported that her gold bracelet valued at $5,000 was lost while shopping at various locations within Rockville Centre. 
  • On Nov. 25 at 12:25 p.m., a complainant from Charlotte, N.C., reported that on sometime between 12:30 and 12:40 a.m. on Nov. 22, she lost her North Carolina driver license while at Churchill’s, located at 18 S. Park Avenue in Rockville Centre.
tom December 04, 2012 at 02:31 PM
it doesn't take a brian surgeon to see that drug dealing is taking place on the corner of Maple and N. Forest. Stop it now or pay later. People are going to leave RVC while they can still sell. My guess is that the few rental buildings south of the fire house somehow let in this element in or they're coming from elsewhere. That corner was never pretty but to see kids in obvious gang colors now is pretty disheartening. I pass by that block 2 and from the train station every day so I know what I see.
Mitchell_Ray December 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
my son informed me that a similar incident, involving a gun, occurred recently down the block from the knollwood rd entrance to firemans field.. I wonder if there's a connection.
That RVC guy December 04, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Absolutely correct Tom. Drug dealing, underage alcohol sales etc. and now...gunplay. This is a sad and predictable course of events, and for many you fellow RVC parents, there is a ton of kids coming here right after school. IN addition to the obvious drug dealers, there is numerous red haired and freckled children of privelege with their backpacks still on from school, loitering.... I dont care what part of town you are from, if you dont know where your kids are after school, I suggest you take a ride by N Forest and Maple after school. You may be in for a surprise. People complain about underaged drinking and drug abuse in this town, and here we know exactly where much of it is germinating from...yet it festers. If we dont get on top of this now, we will lose N Forest, and the cancer will spread. Call the Mayor, Call the PC, alert the neighbors.
Frank December 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
isn't the police station right on Maple? This is happening right on their block? doesn't add up.
That RVC guy December 04, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Frank, as you should know, Maple is an avenue, not a block. N Forest is a good bit East of the Police Station, but certainly in plain view to the many RVC PD patrol vehicles passing it each day. Apparently, it behooves us to make this a priority for the Mayor, and hence the Police Commissioner. Then, we must support the cops when they end up dealing with....wait for it...our kids....who seem to be the target consumer of the drug dealers there. This is not a large area. The appropriate attention in a timely fashion could address multiple problems; underage drinking/drug abuse/ panic selling of N Forest homes and expansion of section 8 in this area....its amusing the emphasis put on the repaving and sewer work being done on Maple, while this potentially irreversible cancer is allowed to fester. virtually in view of the Village Green. What say you Mayor Murray?
Kathy B. December 05, 2012 at 04:27 PM
So disturbing to read what is happening back home. I love RVC, raised my kids there, and never thought we'd leave. It pains me to say that after calling RVC home for thirty years, I'm now glad we left when we did. It is just heartbreaking. I hope the good people of RVC who are paying attention will not stand down in their fight to save the village. God knows it is worth saving.
Frank December 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
With the necessity for dual incomes for many families in RVC, due to the outrageous tax levies and cost of living, who's home to watch the kids if both parents have to work (and for Good Reason)? Hard to police children if parents aren't around. The community needs to develop better outlets for the RVC youth. Not every kid likes sports or dance. Need a place where kids can hang out with peers under "gentle" supervision.
juliachild December 05, 2012 at 05:32 PM
confused - if the tax levies are so high - do we want the village to raise them higher to provide more services to these children - thus requiring less time available for parents to spend with their kids?
Oliver Klozzoff December 05, 2012 at 06:20 PM
If people who pass by this area are aware of the illicit activity that is going on, the police MUST know it also. So why are they not doing anything about it? It would probably be relatively simple and inexpensive to install video surveillance cameras to cover this immediate area. Let's nip this in the bud, and not allow it to take root elsewhere in the Village.
Frank December 05, 2012 at 07:02 PM
@ Oliver. I've been preaching for Video Cameras. But no one is listening. Speak to the Police Commissioner.
Frank December 05, 2012 at 07:37 PM
And the race card gets pulled once again. That didn't take long.
VeteAlaMierda December 05, 2012 at 07:46 PM
how y'all try to blackball me?! you mad because I said y'all scared cuz it's noticeably brown over there.. lol y'all throw salt at OMC with all this racial slander but when one things said about drug dealing by the rich people y'all delete it.. the problem with the rock is there's a lot of close minded individuals, but it's iite cuz they'll be moving out sooner or later :)
VeteAlaMierda December 05, 2012 at 07:51 PM
but like I said, there's a lot more drug dealing in the multi-million dollar neighborhoods than this one corner.. lets be real.. and c'mon with the cameras.. should we put them on the roxen street too then?? lmao
Frank December 05, 2012 at 07:53 PM
And the race card is drawn once again... That didn't take long! As for OMC, no need to throw salt... that gaping wound bleeds enough as it is... Do you have a handbook that translates plain-speaking, english words into racist fodder? For our sake, please point out the "racial slander". in addition, if you're going to post, please do so in English... "Y'all" is embarassing the "Rock" with your fine grasp of the english language.
VeteAlaMierda December 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
claro, si no te gusta mi estilo inglés.. acá es mi estilo español frank.. pero espérate hasta la signa pa rvc se dice 'bienvenidos a centro rockville' buen día franco
Frank December 05, 2012 at 08:15 PM
@ Vete. Gracias. Es muy facil de comprender. Dime por qué hablamos espanol? que significa pasa de mi? Por que no Italiano? Yo hablar Italiano.. Claro, "Bienvenuti a Rockville Centre"
Frank December 05, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I'll gladly take a Spanish class if you take an English and Italian class. As for your tale on why people are posting I would call that racist. You are assuming "demographics" is the underlying reason when it is quite clear the reason is "crime".. . Do you not believe that the two are mutually exclusive from one another?
VeteAlaMierda December 05, 2012 at 08:42 PM
the crime from that corner is no higher than any other area in rvc.. please tell me as to why everyone is '100 percent' positive and that it's apparent and obvious that there's drug dealing there.. I'll wait.
Frank December 05, 2012 at 08:53 PM
That is a fair enough stance to take... @ RVC. Is there evidence to be had, relative to the overall crime statistics for RVC, that would suggest an increasing trend in that "small corner of the world"? As Vete said "we'll wait".


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