Sag Harbor Village police arrested Thomas Palumbo, 37, of Quogue last Thursday evening and charged him with stealing money being collected for Jhenny Bueno Arias, a 36-year-old mother of four severely injured after being hit by a car while walking home from work on Jan. 15.
Mr. Palumbo was arrested when he reported to his probation officer. Police said he had been identified from a photo lineup by Muhammad-Kalid Nazir, a manager of the 7-Eleven on Long Island Avenue in Sag Harbor who was working on the night of Feb. 2, when the theft occurred.
The money was being collected in a large donation jar placed on the counter of the 7-Eleven, where Ms. Bueno Arias worked. The owner of the store, Saqib Hameed, said last week that “the whole town was helping Jhenny with an open heart.”
Mr. Nazir told police that a man fitting Mr. Palumbo’s description had taken the jar and run out of the store, fleeing in a black Ford S.U.V. The alleged thief was apparently unaware that the store had surveillance cameras. “We got the car and we got the plate,” Mr. Hameed said.
The images were used by police, who, after reportedly identifying Mr. Palumbo, got in touch with his probation officer, leading to his arrest.
Mr. Palumbo was charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor, and released on $100 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on March 5.
Ms. Bueno Arias was struck by a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by David Corigliano of East Hampton at about 9:15 in the evening. He stayed with the critically injured woman after the accident and was not charged with any wrongdoing. She was crossing the multi-lane intersection where Jermain Avenue crosses Main Street and becomes Brick Kiln Road when she was hit. She was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center to be treated for multiple fractures and severely damaged organs.
Ms. Bueno Arias is staying with a friend and cannot yet walk or take care of herself, according to Mr. Hameed, who said he visits her daily.