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Bandits Offer Hot Goods on TV ‘Swap and Shop’ Show

January 19, 1990

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (AP) _ What looked like a good buy wound up as a good bust after police arrested two men who had advertised stolen property at cut-rate prices on a TV shopping program, police said Thursday.

Dino Blanco, 18, and Frederick Hallock, 20, both of Hampton Bays, were each charged with two counts of burglary after their arrest, said Southampton police Detective Richard Loos.

According to Loos, the pair called WLNG’s ″Swap and Shop Program″ on Wednesday and offered a television and microwave for a low price. But a buyer became suspicious when the sellers insisted on meeting in a parking lot instead of a home, the detective said.

The buyer called police, who sent two plain clothes detectives to meet Blanco and Hallock. The detectives determined that property had been swiped from two homes, Loos said.

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