Police said a Port Jefferson Station woman was recently arrested after she was caught attempting to scam people for donations that she said were for a children's educational program, while using the money to buy drugs.
Police responded responded to a location on Route 25 in Centereach on Saturday around 3 p.m., and said they found Ellen Burkheimer pretending to represent Head Start, which provides education and health services for children in low-income families.
According to police, Burkheimer had fraudulent documents in her possession as part of the scheme and further investigation revealed that she was using funds that she received to purchase heroin, pay her rent, and for other various personal expenses. She was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of scheme to defraud in the second degree and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.
According to online court records, she was held on $3,000 cash bail, which she was unable to pay, and is due back in court on Friday.
A 17-year-old Bay Shore boy was arrested on Jan. 5 in Smithtown on petty larceny charges, a misdemeanor. The boy allegedly stole two PlayStation controllers, valued at $110, from under a store counter.
Suffolk County Police are seeking information leading to the arrest of a man who burglarized three Mavis Discount Tire locations late last year, including the Smithtown location. According to police, a white, bald man who appeared to be in his 50s with a stocky build, stole cash and New York State inspection stickers in October and November. Police said the man also stole from the 222 West Main Street in Smithtown location as well as the Centereach and Shirley locations. Information leading to an arrest could be given to Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-220-TIPS.
Sufian Ali, 21, of North Babylon, was charged with third degree grand larceny, a felony, on Jan. 4 in Kings Park. According to police, Sufian changed the dollar amount on a check for more than it was written for and deposited it at a Chase bank on 35 Woods Road in North Babylon.
Karl Werkheiser, 24, of Kings Park, was charged on with fourth degree grand larceny, a felony, on Jan. 3 in Nesconset. According to police, Werkheiser stole a Chase ATM debit card and used it to withdraw money.