Police Honored For Capturing Suspects in Robbery on Peacock Drive

At the Board of Trustees meeting on January 26, 2016, Mayor Michael Koblenz presented plaques to all those involved in the apprehension of the two suspects in the robbery on Peacock Drive on December 12, 2015. Inspector John Berry wanted his men to get all the credit. He was appreciative to the Village for recognizing his officers.

Before presenting the awards, Mayor Koblenz expressed his profound appreciation to everyone involved in the highly successful effort, including Inspector Berry, who serves as the Commanding Officer of the Third Precinct. The officers presented with the “Recognition of Distinction Awards” include:

Police Officer Salvatore Parisi
Police Officer Roberto Germani
Police Officer Michael C. Kalab
Detective Hector R. Rosario
Detective Peter E. Sikinger
Sergeant Thomas Iannucci
Police Officer Michael N. Guerra

The presentation was also attended by Detective Lieutenant Thomas Dunn.

According to the NCPD the crime unfurled as follows: “After returning home to her Peacock Drive residence from shopping, pulling into the driveway and unloading her packages, the victim was approached by a male subject who grabbed her and demanded the jewelry she was wearing. After a continued struggle, the subject began punching her in the face at which time the victim gave the subject her rings. He then grabbed her pocketbook and fled the scene. The victim followed the subject and was observed entering a dark colored auto that left southbound on Peacock Drive. During the altercation the victim sustained contusions and abrasions to her head and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. She further described the subject as being 5’8″-5’11” tall and wearing a dark colored hoodie.”

Subsequently the Third Squad reported “the arrests of Patricia Bertone, 52, of 670 Wall Street, West Hempstead and Robert Gunsberg, 55 of 224 East Market Street, Long Beach for the commission of the crime. Bertone is being charged with Robbery 1st degree, Assault 2nd degree and Hindering Prosecution 2nd degree. She was arraigned on Friday, January 15, 2016 at First District Court in Hempstead. Gunsberg is being charged with Robbery 1st degree, Assault 2nd degree and Obstruction of Breathing.”


Mayor Michael Koblenz congratulates the members of the third precinct police force on receiving Recognition of Distinction Awards. The seven officers were primarily responsible for investigating, capturing and arresting the suspects in the robbery on Peacock Drive in December, 2015. Left to Right in First row Trustee Brian Meyerson, Trustee Clara Pomerantz, Detective Lieutenant Thomas Dunn, Police Officer Michael N. Guerra, Detective Hector R. Rosario, Mayor Michael Koblenz, Sergeant Thomas Iannucci, Trustee Stacey Siegel, Second row, left to right: Detective Peter E. Sikinger, Police Officer Michael C. Kalab, Police Officer Roberto Germani, Police Officer Salvatore Parisi, Commanding Officer and Inspector John Berry, and Deputy Mayor Manny Zuckerman.