Crimes Nearby: Man Charged With Sending Child Indecent Material

A look at criminal activity from across the region as reported by Suffolk County Police.

Suffolk County Police on Wednesday arrested a Brooklyn man who they said disseminated indecent material to a 10-year-old girl who lives in Suffolk County.

Detectives from the SCPD’s Computer Crimes Unit arrested John Burke, 35, after he allegedly contacted the girl through Facebook earlier this month and requested to engage in a sex act, police said.

According to police, Burke, who is a friend of the victim’s family, was arrested at his home located at 89 Porter Avenue, Brooklyn, and was charged with Disseminating Indecent Material to a Child.

• Man Killed in Fire

The Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating a fire that killed a squatter in a vacant Central Islip home on Thursday.

According to police, a passing motorist called 911 at 5:05 a.m. to report a fire at 23 Sycamore St. Third Precinct officers and firefighters from the Central Islip Fire Department responded, but could not enter the home because of intense fire and smoke conditions. When the fire was extinguished, the body of a man was found in the basement.

The man’s identity is being withheld by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office pending positive identification.

Police are continuing their investigation and detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.

• Police Save Kings Park Man

Suffolk County Police saved a man who was found passed out in his vehicle because of a heroin overdose on Thursday in Kings Park. 

According to police, Fourth Precinct Police Officer Thomas Spica was responding to an unrelated call in the parking lot of Kings Plaza, at 66 Indian Head Road, when he observed a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with the engine running.

Spica attempted to wake the man, who had a hypodermic needle in his lap, but he did not respond. Officers Douglas Nassisi, Patricia Davis and Kenneth Kaufold responded to assist Officer Spica. A dose of intranasal Narcan and rescue breathing was administered.

The man was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown where a third dose of Narcan was administered and the victim regained consciousness.

• Police Seek Suspects Who Used Stolen Credit Cards

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Third Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify two individuals they said used stolen debit/credit cards at multiple locations.

On several occasions in December, police said a white male and a white female used the stolen debit/credit cards to make purchases at the CVS store located at 20 Merrick Road, Amityville; the Lukoil gas station at 2 West Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst; the CVS store at 15 West Main Street in East Islip; and the 7-Eleven store at 1375 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore. The cards had previously been reported stolen in a burglary and a vehicle break-in.

Police said the female suspect is described as white, in her early 20s, with shoulder length dark hair and a thin build. The male is white, in his early 20s with a thin to medium build. He had short hair and was wearing a baseball cap.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $5,000.00 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.


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