Crime Report: Catalytic Converters Stolen from LIRR Lots

Patch reports on recent crimes reported in the Plainview and Syosset area; for the first time in months, no burglaries were reported here.

continue to report a in the Plainview and Syosset area. In fact, for the first week in months, no burglaries were reported in the immediate area.

The bulk of this week's report involve relatively minor crimes. On March 15, two catalytic converters were stolen from cars at two different LIRR stations.

The Second Precinct reported the following crimes:

  • March 16: Criminal Mischief: Robbins Lane School, Syosset: broken window.
  • March 16: Criminal Mischief: Wellsbach Electrical, Plainview: cut fence; scrap metal stolen.
  • March 15: Grand larceny: LIRR station, Syosset: catalytic converter stolen.
  • March 15: Grand larceny: LIRR station, Oyster Bay: catalytic converter stolen.
  • March 14: Criminal Mischief; i.d Salon, Syosset: window broken.
  • March 11: Petit larceny: Jean Place, Syosset: Election signs stolen.
  • March 14: Grand Larceny: Robbins Lane, Syosset: Auto stolen.
  • March 12: Petit Larceny: Town of Oyster Bay, Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay: Chain saws stolen.

The following arrest information was supplied by the Nassau County Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

  • March 14: Peter Quartararo, 47, charged with grand larceny, Jericho Turnpike, Jericho.
  • March 14: Dario Rowe, 26, charged with petit larceny, H&M, Broadway Mall, Hicksville.
  • March 16: Fatima Rivadeveira, 47, charged with petit larceny, Stop & Shop, Hicksville.
  • March 16: Orlando Ponce, 53, charged with petit larceny, Stop & Shop, Hicksville.
  • March 19: Nima Pazooki, 22, charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument; Forest Drive, Jericho.
Heather Doyle March 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Glad the no burglary trend continued this week!
Jim Burdge March 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
They are being stolen for the precious metals they contain. See http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-02-15/news/31065023_1_converter-thieves-converter-thefts-catalytic-converter
Heather Doyle March 23, 2012 at 02:58 PM
They contain palladium? Maybe the thief is Iron Man!
Joe Dowd (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Jim: Thank you. The story you referenced doesn't really answer where the market for resale is. I did a little research and it seems the entire Platinum group that includes Palladium is used almost exclusively for -- you guessed it -- catalytic converters. So I wonder who is selling it, and to whom? It also seems the price of this stuff has gone through the roof, tripled from 1990-2000. Yet, the junk dealers only offer about $50-150 for the stolen item. Can you or others add insight, because it could be a much bigger story.
Doug March 23, 2012 at 03:34 PM
"March 14: Peter Quartararo, 47, charged with grand larceny, Jericho Turnpike, Jericho"... Could this be the same guy who was involved in the John Pius murder in 1979?...
JR March 25, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Doug - Sharp memory! The age does match.
Joe Dowd (Editor) March 25, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Doug and JR: We're checking to see if there is a connection. If there is we'll report a story about it. Give us a day or two. Thanks. jd
Jerry March 26, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Just saw an article about the new Suffolk police commisioner and why he got into law inforcement. He was a witness in the John Pius murder case.http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/james-burke-from-beat-cop-to-suffolk-s-top-cop-1.3540896 Please update if you find anything.
Pam Robinson (Editor) March 26, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Hi, Jerry, thanks. Yes, we're aware of the possible connection, including Burke's role in the case. If we find anything, we'll report on it. The Pius is interesting on so many levels, including the multiple trials and hearings, and the confessions of young people held for long hours by police (Have you ever read about the Peter Reilly/Barbara Gibbons case in Connecticut?) .
Jerry March 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Hi Pam, Didnt know about that case in Connecticut but just read about it, interesting. Thanks
Grifhunter March 26, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Back to converters- Most likely they are being resold as direct replacements. I recently had to wait 5 weeks for an original equipment converter to appear in the US. This was at a dealship that was replacing it under warranty. An OEM converter is worth about $800 retail, when they are available.
Joe Dowd (Editor) March 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Jerry, Pam and readers; The Nassau District Attorney's office just told me the man arrested in Jericho on grand larceny charges is NOT -- I repeat -- NOT connected to the Pius case. It is not the same person. Thanks for asking.
Fish Hunter March 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
hear those landscapers back outside again? coincidence i think not!
Doug March 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
It was interesting that he has the same name and is the same age as the Peter Quartararo involved back in '79... I wonder where the man charged in the Jericho grand larceny was living in 1979...
Joe Dowd (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Doug: Yes, but a coincidence. D.A.'s office says the man charged in Jericho is not the same man connected with the 1979 case.
Jerry March 30, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Doug, I find it interesting also, and was wondering the same thing. Do you think because of his age at the time they can not say?


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