(Long Island, NY) The Fourth Squad reports the arrest of defendant David Melis, 59, of Holtsville for a Robbery that occurred on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm in East Rockaway.
According to detectives, Melis, while inside CVS, 488 Ocean Avenue, was observed shoplifting assorted store merchandise. After leaving the store without paying, the store manager, assisted by another employee, chased Melis westbound on Prospect Avenue. A brief struggle ensued over the stolen property which was eventually recovered by the store manager.
Nassau County Police reports the arrest of defendant David Melis, 59, of Holtsville for a Robbery that occurred on Wednesday, April 22, in East Rockaway. Photo Credit: NCPD.
Melis, who continued to flee, was again followed on Prospect Avenue. He confronted a female victim who was about to enter her running car, pushed her out of the way and jumped into the vehicle. Other witnesses, who observed what had transpired, ran to her aide and attempted to pull him from the car. Melis then put the car into reverse, struck a parked vehicle directly behind him and then went forward, driving up onto and across the victim’s lawn. He continued and fled eastbound in the victim’s gray 2010 Toyota Corolla, N.Y. registration EVW1600, which has yet to be recovered.
The defendant is charged with Robbery 2nd degree, Robbery 3rd degree and Petit Larceny. Defendant Melis is additionally being charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree and two (2) counts of Petit Larceny for incidents that occurred at other CVS locations on April 14, 2015. Melis was arraigned on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at First District Court, Hempstead.
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