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Couple arrested for series of jewelry store robberies

DEER PARK - Suffolk County Police have arrested a couple after identifying a pattern of jewelry store thefts during the past month throughout Suffolk County.

While conducting a routine traffic stop on April 3 at the corner of Bay Shore Road and Crown Street in Deer Park, a First Precinct officer arrested the driver of the vehicle, Kristie Laird, and her passenger, Daniel Cimolonski, for active warrants and drug possession charges.

Further investigation revealed that Cimolonski was responsible for four thefts at jewelry stores in various locations throughout Suffolk County. Laird was charged as an accomplice in one of the cases.

Cimolonski, 32, of 7 Hancock Court, South Setauket, was charged with four counts of grand larceny 3rd degree, grand larceny 4th degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. Laird, 45, of 182 Adams St., Deer Park, was charged with grand larceny 3rd degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation was coordinated by detectives from the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Squads and resulted in charges relating to thefts at the following locations: Tourneau Walt Whitman, Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station; Golden Island Jewelry, Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack; Zales Jewelers, The Arches Circle, Deer Park and Diamond Exchange Jeweler, Route 112, Medford.

Police believe that the couple may have committed similar crimes in Nassau County. The Nassau County Police Robbery Squad was notified and is investigating the possibility of additional charges in its jurisdiction.

Cimolonski was also charged with grand larceny 4th degree for stealing money from a man at Burger King, at 335 East Main St. in Bay Shore, Wednesday.

Cimolonski and Laird will be arraigned a date and time to be determined.