Patchogue Man Scammed $26K from Pet Cemetery, Cops Say

Mehmet Yaylacicegi

A Patchogue man has been arrested for scamming a Long Island pet cemetery out of more than $26,000 over a two-year-period, Suffolk County police said.

Mehmet Yaylacicegi, an attendant at BP Gas on Middle Country Road in Middle Island, made more than 330 fraudulent purchases using an in-station credit card belonging to Regency Forest Pet Memorial Park, police said.

The victims became aware of the theft during an internal audit and called police. The 55-year-old man was charged Monday with grand larceny and identity theft.

Identity Theft Unit detectives ask any businesses with similar in-station credit card accounts to check for discrepancies and report them to the squad at 631-852-6821.

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