Stolen Checks Netted $3,300

Morgan McGivern

    Sag Harbor police arrested a Ronkonkoma couple last Thursday and charged them with multiple counts of forgery in the second degree.
    Nicholas Marino, 22, and Kathleen Danielson, 23, reportedly stole 19 blank checks from an elderly Main Street resident, forged his signature on the checks, and cashed 17 of them to the tune of $3,330, according to the police.
    Ms. Danielson, who is accused of forging all but one of the cashed checks, faces 16 charges of second-degree forgery and two charges of grand larceny, all of which are felonies. Her bail was set at $40,000.
    Mr. Marino faces one forgery and one grand larceny charge at the same felony levels, along with two charges of criminal possession of a stolen instrument, both misdemeanors. His bail was set at $30,000. The pair were due back in court on Tuesday; further information was not immediately available.
    East Hampton Town police made a rapid arrest early Monday morning after two men forcibly robbed a Springs man of about $1,000 in cash.
    Jacob R. Carter, 23, of Montauk and Jonathan I. Pressly, 21, of Southampton were arraigned that same day on charge of robbery at East Hampton Justice Court by Justice Lisa Rana. Bail was set for each at $20,000.
    According to Detective Lt. Chris Anderson, one of the suspects knew the victim, 20-year-old Nestor N. Inga, who reportedly allowed the pair into his residence at 504 Three Mile Harbor Road at about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Using force, the two men robbed Mr. Inga, then fled in a vehicle that the victim described to the police.
    Not long after, police spotted the vehicle a few miles away, headed south on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton, and stopped it. Mr. Pressly was arrested first; Mr. Carter, about 40 minutes later.
    The detective would not comment as to whether drugs may have been involved, saying that the incident was still under investigation. He did say there were no weapons involved, and no injuries.
    Mr. Carter posted bail on Monday and was released. Mr. Pressly had not posted bail as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Chief Michael Sharkey of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, and was being held in the county jail in Riverside.
    Town police also reported the Jan. 29 arrest of a 23-year-old Hampton Bays man on a misdemeanor marijuana charge. It was 6:43 a.m. when an officer spotted Jake Hagen driving on Montauk Highway in Wainscott while smoking from a glass pipe. The officer pulled Mr. Hagen’s Chevy over and reported seeing a small plastic bag of marijuana and an orange glass pipe on the driver’s side door.
     Mr. Hagen “did not show any signs of impairment,” according to the report, but was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana, a simple violation, as well as the more serious charge of criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree. That charge is triggered by smoking marijuana in public.
    Mr. Hagen was taken to headquarters and released with a court appearance ticket.