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Arson arrests in Nassau County

HEMPSTEAD – Police report the arrest of two Hempstead men for an arson that occurred on Monday, September 10, 2012 in Hempstead.

According to detectives, defendants Reginald Summers, 19 of 50 Laurel Avenue and Harry Gardner, 29 of 750 Jerusalem Avenue entered 150 Washington Avenue and attempted to burglarize an apartment in the building. After being unable to gain access to the apartment they poured an accelerant on the door mat of a different apartment and ignited it. The fire caused minor damage to the door and was extinguished by the Hempstead Fire Department. There were no injuries reported.  Detectives obtained video surveillance of the defendants which led to their arrests.

Summers was located at his residence on January 1, 2013 and placed under arrest without incident. He was charged with arson 2nd degree and burglary 2nd degree. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on January 2, 2013.

Gardner was located in Hempstead on Friday January 11, at 9:20 p.m. and placed under arrest. He is charged with arson 2nd degree and burglary 2nd degree. He was arraigned on Saturday January 12.