Crime Report: Pair Charged With Removing Truck's Vehicle Identification Number

The following arrest information was supplied by the Suffolk County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

The Suffolk County Police Department reported these arrests and incidents in Kings Park.

Robert Lupinacci, 35, of Kings Park and James Lamaida, 34, of Islandia, were charged with removing the vehicle identification number from a truck. Police said that Lupinacci and Lamaida removed the VIN number from the door frame of a 2000 Peterbilt truck. 

Joseph Rampello, 26, of Kings Park, was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said Rampello was driving a 2011 Honda on Indian Head Road on March 18 when he was pulled over for speeding and failing to maintain his lane. Police then charged him with DWI.

Jimmy Jiminez. 37, of East Northport, was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said Jiminez was driving a 2003 Dodge on Route 25A on March 18 when he was pulled over for failing to maintain his lane. Police then charged him with DWI.

Correction, April 12, 2012: Kings Park Patch originally reported that the alleged vehicle identification removal occurred on the grounds of Pioneer Paving. Suffolk County Police confirmed that the incident occurred elsewhere. We regret the error.

Cathy March 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM
I think the patch should only report the outcomes of crimes after court, before they ruin peoples good name for all time on this trash gossip publication. The COPS are not always correct in their arrests. Insulated people who have never had to deal with the "SCPD", equate an arrest with guilt, that is not always the case.
Rose March 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Good point, in some cases. But DWI arrests turn out to be almost 100% proven guilty. The only time I remember someone overturning a DWI was in Nassau. She had a diabetic attack, causing an accident. Her behavior, proved to be caused by the diabetes, simulated a DWI. Actually, if she knew she was capable of causing an accident due to her condition, she shouldn't have been driving. It would be hoped that DWI arrest publicity would curb the problem, but people don't seem to be learning.
Rose March 28, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Oh, one correction. DWI suspects who retain an attorney will 'sometimes' see their case dismissed or their conviction overturned, mostly on technicalities. The court looks at the police officer, trained in DWI recognition and testing, as a key & well respected witness.
KP Pride for Life March 28, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Cathy March 28, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Excuse me KP Pride for Life, I understand public record,but we never hear the outcome of these charges. There is just a short blurb splashed all over the internet, with no interviews of the accused or of the accuser. No investigation, no follow up reporting.
Josie March 28, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Public record is just another reason for the people of kings park to have something more to gossip about. If the shoe was on the other foot lets see if u would like your name on the patch... It should be called the gossip page. I am not condoning any crime but I think that it is no business of mine and I would rather hear the outcome this is how the rumor mill begins!
joe r March 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
i agree with you 100% a lot of people haven't realized yet after just about 30 years of campaigning that you aren't supposed to drink and drive. If you are worried about public humiliation don't put yourself in that position. There are lots of people with relatives and friends ( myself included) lost to someone else's dwi.
joe r March 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
if you look on the northport patch see how many young people from northport were arrested for a "small quantity of marijuana". they are all shaping their own futures that one dumb little arrest will keep them from a lot of things in their lives but since no one tells them its wrong especially in the age of information then we can say they are making their own choices.
Tom Gillen March 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I'm assuming you are talking about the first set of charges re: the VIN numbers? I understand what you're saying but the blame doesn't lie with a news outlet. Once someone is arrested it becomes public information as you know. It can be reported freely. And I get it - although in the eyes of a court of law someone is innocent until proven guilty, the same doesn't always go for the court of public opinion. I get that. Maybe something should be done at the federal level? I don't know. But the media, I feel, has an obligation to report the goings on. Now if we are talking drunk driving or drug possession, there's no gray area there. That's just stupidity on their parts.
Daniel Tobias March 28, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Cathy, If you want to know the outcome of all of these cases, it is public information also, unless the case is sealed by the judge. Most of the crimes are plea bargained down to violations(not as interesting as the crime charged) but I want to know who is being arrested in my neighborhood and it's surrounding area's. I WANT to know who is breaking into my neighbors house, robbing from the local stores, dealing drugs, driving drunk and breaking serious laws, for my safety and yours. If you don't want to know, don't read the patch
joe r March 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
recent arrest of a deer park volunteer firefighter on sex abuse charges needless to say I'm sure his neighbors are glad it was on the news.


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