November 22, 2017

On The Beat

Grand Larceny

A Bay Shore man was arrested in connection with the theft of merchandise from the Riverhead Home Depot store on several days back in September, Riverhead Town Police said.

Justin J. Cruz, 26, allegedly removed assorted power tools having a total value of nearly $5000 from the store. He was charged with three counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree and two counts of petit larceny. He was arraigned and remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside where he remained as of press time.

Riverhead police said additional arrests are expected in connection with these incidents.

Guldi faces Another Trial

Poor George Guldi – they just won't let him be. After enjoying life as a free man, the former County Legislator may have to readjust to life in prison. He was ordered to return to Suffolk County Criminal Court on January 2 where he will be re-tried for felony grand larceny and insurance fraud charges.

Guldi, an attorney, had been incarcerated for six years before gaining his release earlier this year after a state appellate court threw out his conviction on a technicality. Recently the New York State Court of Appeals denied an appeal filed by prosecutors this summer to overturn that ruling, leading to the assumption the book on Guldi would close.

Guldi was convicted in 2011 for running an insurance scam, part of a series of alleged wrongdoings in which Guldi would acquire properties, rent them or renovate them, and re-sell them. At one point he obtained $860,000 in insurance money to supposedly rebuild his home on Griffing Avenue in Westhampton Beach after a fire and used the money elsewhere.

Boy Missing

Riverhead Town Police Department is looking for a 14-year-old boy is reported missing from the Timothy Hill Children's Ranch.

Brayan Medrano is 5' 1", weighs 100 pounds, and has dark hair, police said.

No foul play is suspected, according to police.

Anyone with information on this missing person is asked to call the Riverhead Town Police at 631-727-4500.

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