December 19, 1994
Appeal from the County Court, Nassau County (Boklan, J.).
Ordered that the judgment is affirmed.
Contrary to the defendant's contention, the police had probable cause to arrest him. It is well settled that a police officer may arrest a person without a warrant when the officer has probable cause to believe that the person has committed a crime (see, People v Cruz, 191 A.D.2d 507). Here, the information leading to the defendant's arrest was given to the police by a friend of the defendant and was corroborated by an independent investigation. Thus, sufficient probable cause existed for the defendant's arrest. Moreover, his statements, which were made during the course of a subsequent custodial interrogation at the station house, following a knowing and voluntary waiver of his Miranda rights, were admissible.
The defendant's contention that the sentence is excessive is without merit (see, People v Suitte, 90 A.D.2d 80).
The defendant's remaining contentions are either unpreserved for appellate review (see, CPL 470.05) or without merit. Balletta, J.P., O'Brien, Copertino and Pizzuto, JJ., concur.