News NYPD: Man flees Queens crash scene, then reports car stolen NYPD Officers Jose Suriel and Angel Ramos, both of the 113th Precinct, arrested and charged a Wyandanch man on Monday, July 27, 2015, with falsely reporting an incident and leaving the scene of an accident after, NYPD officers said, he reported his car had been stolen in Queens -- when it hadn't. Photo Credit: DCPI By JOHN VALENTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 30, 2015 10:40 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A Wyandanch man was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident and leaving the scene of an accident Monday after, NYPD officers said, he reported his car had been stolen in Queens -- when it hadn't. Instead, police said, Gary Joseph, of 69 Brooklyn Ave., Wyandanch, had been involved in an accident, striking three parked cars. Police credited newly issued departmental smartphones with helping crack the case, allowing them to run the vehicle license plate and find it had been linked to the earlier nearby hit-and-run accident. Police said Joseph contacted them via 911 just after 7 a.m. Monday to report his car had been stolen from in front of a home on Nashville Boulevard in St. Albans, Queens. Joseph told responding Officers Jose Suriel and Angel Ramos, both of the 113th Precinct, that he'd left the car running, keys inside, only to return to find the vehicle gone, the NYPD said in a news release issued Wednesday. Joseph said he hadn't reported the theft immediately because he thought his friends had taken it, playing a joke. But Suriel and Ramos soon learned -- via smartphone -- that the car had been reportedly involved in a hit-and-run at about 3:45 a.m. on 198th Street near 122nd Avenue in Laurelton. The officers then contacted a witness via phone who provided them with a description of the person who had left the scene -- matching Joseph, police said. Police said Joseph then admitted he was driving and that as he attempted "to avoid striking a cat in the road," he swerved and hit three parked cars. Arraignment details were not immediately available. By JOHN VALENTI email@example.com John Valenti, a reporter at Newsday since 1981, has been honored nationally by the Associated Press and Society of the Silurians for investigative, enterprise and breaking news reporting, as well as column writing, and is the author of “Swee'pea,” a book about former New York playground basketball star Lloyd Daniels. Valenti is featured in the Emmy Award-winning ESPN 30-for-30 film “Big Shot.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.