On the Police Logs 06.27.13

East Hampton Village

Emily Strauss reported her MacBook Air laptop missing early after she took a cab last week from Main Street to her house. Police called the driver, who said he had not seen the computer. Police encouraged her to retrace her steps.

A man left his black gym bag on a bench at Herrick Park on June 14 to walk over to the swings for five minutes. It was gone when he returned.

Police responded to a call reporting a swimmer in distress at Two Mile Hollow Beach on June 17. Ocean Rescue personnel arrived, only to discover a shiny red balloon and a deflated green one floating in the water. A rescuer swam out and retrieved the balloons.

Early last week a man was reported to be walking in and out of traffic in the area of Montauk Highway and Stephen Hand’s Path. He told police he needed a ride to Sag Harbor, and a taxi was called to take him there.


A large set of outdoor teak furniture, including a bench, a table, a couch, and chairs, was stolen from a Seaside Avenue property earlier this month, along with two surfboards. Jonathan Chapski said the items were very heavy and would have required two people to move them. The loss was valued at over $8,000.

Police looked into a case of criminal mischief after receiving a call from Kathleen Huddleston, who complained that the sliding door to her 2006 minivan had been pulled off in the early morning hours of June 16.

A little after midnight on June 14, Liz Orr, a manager at Solé East, noticed that the white and blue surfboard that hangs on the wall near the bar was missing. Someone had seen the board being removed. Ms. Orr called the person who had taken it and said she would not press charges if the board was returned, which it was.

Police are investigating the vandalization of Dante Ricci’s vehicle. Pieces of asphalt and concrete were thrown at the car while it was parked on South Emerson Avenue late last month, as well as two beer bottles. The front windshield and rear window were damaged and there were several scratches on the hood.

Doreen Kehoe’s green rowboat was stolen June 14 from its mooring on Fort Pond near Flamingo Avenue and Industrial Road. It was valued at $400.

Leonard Schwehr, the caretaker of an Old Montauk Highway residence, notified police of extensive damage to the property’s mailbox earlier this month. The box and its post appeared to have been hit with a baseball bat or something similar, to the tune of $150 damage.

Earlier this month, Christine Brown and Orla Reville, fellow Viking employees, became aware of an attempted fraud soon after corresponding with a man who said he would like to charter a boat. The man told them he would send a check for $13,500, and Ms. Brown should deduct $4,000 before sending it back. Police were notified, as was the Montauk Chamber of Commerce.

A Montauk Highway resident received a call on his cellphone telling him that his cousin was being “held hostage.” The unknown caller attempted to direct him to the nearest CVS, Wal-Mart, or KMart, saying not to call the police or else his family members would be hurt. He did call police, and all his family members are fine.

A black iPhone belonging to an East Hampton resident was stolen from a bathroom stall at the Sloppy Tuna restaurant earlier this month. Attempts to locate it using the Find My iPhone app have been unsuccessful.    

Sag Harbor

Nick Durso told police Monday that three coils of Romax electrical wire have been stolen from the Bulova condominium job site on Sage Street.


Nathaniel Miller, an East Hampton Town trustee, told police last week that someone had poured water into the gas tank on his boat, moored off Louse Point. Mr. Miller reported the damage was extensive, with the cost of repairs possibly as high as $10,000.

Early last week, police received reports from a beachgoer of a nude person at the Maidstone Park pavilion. There was no further information on the incident.

On June 17, Beryl Bernay told police that an unknown person had used her credit card number in Florida to make two purchases on June 5 at a Target store, for $212 each. Ms. Bernay contacted her bank and a representative there canceled her card and opened an investigation.

The theft of $2,700 was reported from a Muir Boulevard house on June 16. Amaurys Delosantos told police he’d left the money in a bedroom drawer. There was no sign of forced entry.

Last Thursday, Rachael Levinson, a homeowner on Squaw Road, reported two cement flower pots missing from her backyard.


On June 14, five rolls of copper electrical wire, valued at around $110, were stolen from the bed of Arthur Rauscher’s Chevrolet pickup truck while it was sitting in the parking lot of the Wainscott Post Office.