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2012 in Review: Crime Stories in Merrick

The police have been busy in Merrick during the past year.

Here's a round-up of the top stories concerning Merrick that were featured on Merrick Patch.

10. Police: Merrick Man Assaulted Officer: As the officer was trying to question defendant, Kenneth Wat, 53, he began flailing his arms and hands in the officer's face, refusing to be questioned.

9. Merrick Man Arrested for Sacred Heart Burglary: Officers responded to a call regarding a burglary at Sacred Heart Church. Upon arrival, they were told that someone had broken into the Pastoral Center via the rear window and stole an unspecified amount of cash and gift cards.

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8. Merrick Man Gets Home Confinement after Allegedly Killing RabbitA Merrick native was sentenced to two months of home confinement and was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after he allegedly killed a rabbit with a hockey stick and then used it as a puck.

7. Police on Lookout for Van that Follows Students: According to police, on Jan. 4, two teenage girls, 15 and 13, spotted a van following them in North Merrick at the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Losee Court. 

6. UPDATE: Dog In Pitbull Attack Seriously Injured: A Pitbull that was being walked near the intersection of Merrick Avenue and Smith Street got loose and allegedly attacked a Boston Terrier and his walker, police said.

5. Man Pulled Over Near Merrick Avenue Allegedly Coughs up Cocaine: A Fresh Meadows man originally pulled over for speeding on the Southern State Parkway, got himself in more serious trouble when he allegedly coughed up bottles containing cocaine.

4. Police: Man Robs Merrick Gas Station Armed With Knife, Gun: According to police, a black male, armed with a knife entered the gas station and threatened the employee with a gun. He then allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle.

3. Police: Merrick Gamestop Robbed at Gunpoint: Two males entered Gamestop at 2200 Sunrise Hwy and ordered the two employees to lay face down behind the counter. The victims were then ordered to crawl to the back room, where both of their hands were bound with charger cables and tape.

2. MTA Police Investigating Bomb Threat at Merrick LIRR Station: MTA police received a call about a possible bomb at the Merrick Railroad Station, according to Sam Zambuto, spokesperson for the LIRR. Service to and from the Merrick Station were not affected.

1. UPDATE: Police: Suspect was Armed, Tried to Enter School BuildingA carjacking in Hicksville and subsequent police chase lead a suspect to crash a stolen 2006 gray Infinity G35 into the side of the Harold D. Fayette School.

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