Crime Report: Marauding Teens, Armed Robbery Spate

A list of incidents and arrests in Holtsville and Ronkonkoma last week as reported by the 5th Precinct.

The following information is directly from the Suffolk County Police Department's media incidents list .


  • Police responded to a criminal mischief call on October 1 on Furrows Road after a caller said damage was done to a Chrysler Sebring shortly before midnight.
  • Police answered a call for grand larceny on Morris Avenue on October 2. According to the reportĀ a subject who had stolen a credit card was in this place of business at around 12:30 p.m.
  • David Cunningham, of Holtsville, was arrested in Farmingville on October 7 for fourth-degree criminal possession of a firearm.


  • Police answered a call for criminal mischief on Wichers Road on October 6 at around 11 a.m. According to the complaint the suspects were three teenagers, 15-16 years old, all on bikes.
  • Police responded to a call for grand larceny on Kirby Drive on October 5 at around 10 p.m.
  • Police responded to a robbery of the BP Gas Station on Pond Road just before 1 a.m. on October 5.
  • An incident of harassment allegedly took place on Shelter Road on October 4 at around 1 a.m. According to the complaint a violent husband left the scene of the incident in a silver Nissan Altima.
  • Police responded to another robbery on October 3, this time of a business on Ronkonkoma Avenue at around 2 a.m. According to the complaint the robber was wearing a mask and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
  • Cory Damato, of Lake Ronkonkoma, was arrested on October 5 for first-degree robbery with a firearm.
  • Ricardo Guillaume, of Ronkonkoma, was arrested on October 5 for multiple counts of first-degree robbery with a firearm.

* A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

david cunningham October 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
This is disgusting I am not arrested and havnt ever been never will be. This is false statements making me look like a criminal and I am flamed by this I have no charges never will. I happen to carry something to protect myself from all these scumbag teenagers around here. First of all I get pulled over for no reason getting searched with out my consent when I didn't do anything at all just went there the parking lot of kmart at night and the detectives pulled me over for no reason. I think this is disgusting and deserve my rights of this getting pulled down and my name to not to be in here. Making me look like a criminal cause I want to protect myself.
Pazi Steklo October 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM
David, What's disgusting is that you were hanging out in the K-mart parking lot. It's a bad place. Police often patrol that area due to the crime that happens there. Suggestion, if you want to stay out of trouble and not use your weapon in fear of "scumbag teenagers", then you need to consider finding a new place to park at night. Want to stay out of trouble? Then don't hang out where trouble is. Simple enough. Sure you've got the right, as this is America but if you're not shopping or eating Burger King in that parking lot, then you were tresspassing and or loitering. Something the police will crack down on. I hope it all works out for you. Best of luck, sir.
Debbie October 10, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I agree with you Pazi and he should not be hanging out in parking lots!!! It has been confirmed that he WAS NOT arrested and issued a summons and court date. I dont know why when your issued a court date they state you where arrested. Kind of a false statement since there was no arrest but this is how our system works. It was confirmed by the Sargent at the 6th no arrest has been made. Teenagers hanging out in parking lots are looking for trouble that is a fact they should find hobbies or hang out at home!!! Just a mother clearing her sons name!!
Pazi Steklo October 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Debbie, It's hard being a teenager and staying out of trouble. Heck during my "stupid" years,I used to hang out in the woods. (To not be in the "public" eye, so to say) So I understand when a teen says..."I've nowhere to hang out". Look, I'm not stupid and I've been around. Nothing good happens in the k-mart parking lot. Every news story I read about that parking lot, tells me it's a place to stay away from. I checked the Webcrims NY Courts page and did not see Mr. Cunninghams arrest, which tells me it was just a court appearance. If he's never been in trouble before, he should get off with a warning or ACOD.
Matthew McGevna (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Debbie, and others who read Sachem Patch. According to the police, a bench appearance date is equivalent to an arrest, even if the person is not handcuffed, taken to the precinct, fingerprinted or held for a mugshot. If a bench appearance is written, it is considered an arrest, which is why Mr. Cunningham's name appeared when we looked up this week's arrest report on Suffolk PD's police reports website. The information comes from them and is a matter of public record.
Crayola October 11, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Honestly kids will be kids and while I understand the need to protect yourself David I don't quite understand pulling over in the K-Mart parking lot...if you felt the kids were trouble then why stick around...if you have a license for the firearm then you shouldn't have any problems but if everyone remembers while Bernie Goetz was protecting himself on that NYC subway he still went to jail....remember that next time you carry a piece with you for protection!!!
jeremiah bullfrog October 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
people who dont "hang out" in parking lots generally dont need to carry weapons. I guess hanging out is more important than just avoiding trouble altogether. Aparently stupid is contagious among many of todays youth.....
Debbie October 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
And to clear another thing It was not a firearm it was a baton. Another false statement.
TOMMY R October 12, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Just to give you all a heads up David was a real trouble maker in school and when he was with his friends he was nothing short of a bully. Thank you SCPD !!
Debbie November 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Highly dont think so Tommy R.


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