When East Hampton Bowl’s competitive bowling season ended last month and it came time to buy awards for the league members, a large sum of money was found missing. East Hampton Village police were notified on May 18 that $6,300 had been taken from a safe at the bowling alley, and another $1,000 had been removed from the league’s bank account.
Yesterday, Chief Gerald Larsen Jr. announced the arrest of Robert G. Wooding, 24, of Southampton. Mr. Wooding, who had worked at the alley since he was 16, had been embezzling the money over a period of time, the chief said.
“Everybody was stunned,” said Ian Grossman, the manager of the bowling alley. “If you’d asked me if he was capable of doing this, I’d have told you you’re crazy.”
Mr. Wooding was arrested on June 6 after an interview during which he admitted taking the money, police said. He has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
In Sag Harbor, a domestic dispute last Thursday apparently led to a road-rage incident outside the police station on Division Street. Albert R. Zelinski, 21, was following Amy Seabury’s car on Route 114 in a “dangerous and threatening” manner, according to Sag Harbor police chief Thomas Fabiano.
Earlier in the day, police said, Ms. Seabury had reported an incident involving Mr. Zelinski in Southampton, and when she realized he was following her she again called Southampton police. She was told to go to the nearest police station.
Sag Harbor officers, who were waiting for the two cars, directed them to turn into the station’s circular driveway. Ms. Seabury did, but Mr. Zelinski did not, instead driving up onto the sidewalk, sideswiping the woman’s car, and heading north on Division Street at high speed. He ran two stop signs, according to police, before crossing the bridge to North Haven.
Police followed, but lost the car on the other side.
Mr. Zelinski turned himself in on Saturday and was written up for nine different misdemeanor vehicular violations, on a total of 13 counts. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on June 26.
On Friday at about 11 p.m., Kevin Valeiko told Sag Harbor police that his black Mongoose mountain bike, which he had left in front of the Sag Harbor Launderette on Main Street, had been stolen. On Monday night Mr. Valeiko reported that he’d spotted his bike locked up next to a Dumpster near the Corner Bar. An officer responded and watched as a man walked out of the bar and unlocked the bike.
The officer asked the man, Elmer A. Blanco, 20, of Bridgehampton, if the bike belonged to him. Mr. Blanco reportedly replied, “Yes, it is. This is my bike.”
He was placed under arrest and charged with petty larceny.