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Cops: Long Island couple had 8-year-old child help in junkyard theft

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A Long Island couple has been charged with grand larceny and child endangerment after cops said the man took his girlfriend’s 8-year-old girl to allegedly help them steal car tires and rims because he was “spooked” to pull off the break-in alone, according to court papers and a March 25 Associated Press report.

Diana Censoprano, 38, and Spencer Stewart, 34, both of Selden, were arrested Monday night on larceny, stolen property and child endangerment charges, Riverhead Town Police said.

According to police reports, an officer was on patrol around 11:30 p.m. when he saw Censoprano backing her car up along a dirt road across from Mid Island Auto Parts on Kroemer Avenue in Riverhead. As the officer approached the car, he allegedly found “numerous radiators, tires and rims inside the vehicle,” a police report said.

Censoprano was driving, Stewart was in the passenger’s seat and her 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son were also inside the car, cops said.

Investigators later learned Stewart took the 8-year-old girl with him and the two allegedly climbed over a fence to gain entry to the junk yard.

“I was spooked to go in the junk yard alone so I brought the 8 year old girl,” Stewart allegedly told police after his arrest, according to court documents.

Cops said Censoprano waited in the car with the 4-year-old while her boyfriend and young daughter allegedly pulled off the heist.

“While Spencer and my daughter were in the junk yard, my son and I played Uno,” Censoprano told investigators, according to court papers. “I’m not sure how long they were in the junk yard, but while they were in there I kept yelling out the window ‘I want to go home.’”

Censoprano and Stewart were arrested at the scene and the children were released to a family member. Authorities said the state’s child welfare agency was also notified.

The two were arraigned at the Riverhead Town Justice Court. Details from the court proceeding were not immediately available.



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