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Long Island Sneaker Store Owner Charged With Falsely Reporting Burglary During Sandy

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WHEATLEY HEIGHTS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island sneaker store owner has been charged with filing a false report with police claiming his store was burglarized at the height of Superstorm Sandy.

Wilguens Mentor, 28, the owner of Fly Forever Sneakers at 16 Colonial Springs Rd. in Wheatley Heights, called police on Oct. 31 and claimed that burglars broke into his store during the storm, according to Suffolk County police. He alleged that the burglars had made off with more than $60,000 in merchandise, police said.

But following an investigation, detectives found that no one had ever stolen anything from Mentor’s store, police said. Mentor had actually filed the report in an effort to defraud his insurance company, police said.

Mentor, of the 0-99 block of Lake Drive in Wyandanch, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with second-degree attempted insurance fraud and third-degree falsely reporting an incident, police said.

Mentor was due for an arraignment on Wednesday at Suffolk County First District Court in Islip.

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