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Police K-9 Tracks down Retail Robber

A Long Island man was tracked down with an assist by a law enforcement canine after allegedly stealing merchandise off a shelf from Home Depot, police said.

Officers from the Nassau County Police Department responded to Home Depot on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown at approximately 1:30 PM on Tuesday, June 2, where there was a report of a shoplifting incident that had just taken place.

Employees at Home depot said a man – later identified as Hempstead resident Victor Rodriguez – walked into the store, took various items off the shelves, and left without even attempting to pay for anything, shoving a Loss Prevention Officer out of his way as he fled.

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During the arrest, Rodriguez and an officer suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Rodriguez, 46, was charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny. Further investigation found that he also had multiple open warrants out for his arrest. Police said he will be arraigned on the charges “when medically practical…”  Suffolk Daily Voice

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