Police: Medford Man Stole Heating Oil From Vacant Homes

Police say Frank Dawson, 46, and a Mastic woman stole oil from storage tanks at vacant homes in the Mastic area.

Two people, including a Medford man, were arrested Saturday night for stealing home heating oil from storage tanks on the property of eight vacant homes in the Mastic area, police said. 

The arrests came after Seventh Precinct officers observed Frank Dawson, 46, and Towania McCrae, 44, pumping oil from the underground tank of an unoccupied home on Hampton Avenue in Mastic and transferring the oil to three storage tanks that they were carrying in the rear of Dawson’s pickup truck, police said.

After the officers arrested the pair, Dawson, of Medford, took the officers to seven other locations in Mastic where he had previously stolen heating oil, police said. 

Dawson is charged with eight counts of petty larceny, one count of criminal trespass and one count of possession of burglar’s tools.

McCrae, of Mastic, is charged with one count of petit larceny and one count of possession of burglar’s tools.

Dawson and McCrae were issued desk appearance tickets and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 3. 

The case remains under investigation.

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patricia zukowski February 03, 2013 at 07:24 PM
they still had to pay for the oil. What if this guy was aking money sellig to people too poor to buy oil from oil companies cause they couldnt buy enough.He may be stealing from the pooer as well as from absent hoeowners. im away from home because my husband has cancer. my pipes burst if someone steals my oil.
Maryann February 03, 2013 at 07:28 PM
The price of oil is unaffordable. Maybe he was trying to take care of his family. So very sad. Easy to judge but harder to walk in someone else's shoes
gee geem February 03, 2013 at 10:29 PM
walk a mile in my shoes
Bucknell Barrow February 04, 2013 at 05:34 AM
If they had not been caught, then we'd not be reading about them. Next the perps will be in the basement ripping out the copper piping.. It is the responsibility of the bank or holder of the mortgage to have the property checked on every now and again..Foreclosure or abandonment of homes, needless to say, tis alot of tax money NOT going to municipalities to help cover the cost and burden of running a government and providing police protection, and school budgets. I think the law enforcement officers who nabbed these perps are to be commended for the sharp eye on their sector in this neighborhood..
patricia zukowski February 04, 2013 at 08:34 AM
I have walked a mile in those shoes. I have had no heat for my children and worked 70 hours a week to pay for food and rent as a single mother.I cut wood for a fireplace to keep us warm. I rarely got support payments,never got food stamps or Medicaid, lost my home to foreclosure,sold everything I owned to keep my kids clothed and fed. I never once stole because then what would I have taught them? We managed. Things got gradually better. Today they have families of thier own. One is a Bronze Star who is awounded warrior with four chikdren. He struggels to support his family every day but he does not steal. My other boy works 70 hours a week to make ends meet and he helps his brother even if he goes with holesbin his shoes. They are good men and I am proud of them. I would not trade that for a little heating oil. A lot of blankets and a wood firepkace keeps your honor for generations.I would not dream of judging. You assume they had no other choice. There are always choices if you let go of pride for right and good.


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