A Long Island dental assistant faces a brush with the law after she allegedly ripped off jewelry from sedated patients, police said Friday.
Arieta Gouvakis, 38, an aide to Dr. Elliot Koschitzki at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Rocky Point, was accused of removing the bling from two patients on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Suffolk County police said.
The patients — who had been under “conscious sedation” at the time — didn’t realize their jewelry was missing until after they left the office.
The Property Recovery Squad recovered the stolen jewelry from local pawn shops. The dental office, located at 31 Fairway Drive, cooperated fully with the probe once notified of the crime, police said.
Gouvakis was arrested at her home on 270 Weeks Ave. in Manorville, NY, early Friday.
She was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
Dr. Nick Augenbaum, another dentist at the practice, said Gouvakis has been fired after her arrest.
“As soon as we were notified by our patients, we called the Suffolk County PD,” Augenbaum told WABC.
He also thanked police for quickly recovering the patients’ jewelry.
Gouvakis had worked at the dental office for “a couple of weeks,” her stepmother told The Post.
“She’s probably very upset,” Stacy Gouvakis said when reached by phone. “She got involved in bad stuff.”
By Yaron Steinbuch – nypost.com