On the Police Logs 07.18.13


An aluminum extension ladder valued at $200 was stolen from a Hand Lane property late last month. Nicholas Contos told police he’d left it near some garbage cans. Neither his garbage removal company nor his landscapers knew where it was.

On the morning of July 7 Joe LaCarrubba found a window broken at Encore Sports. Damages were estimated at $1,000.

East Hampton

Early last week David Cox, a driver for the Riverhead-based All Moonlight Taxi company, picked up an unnamed woman at the Georgica restaurant on Montauk Highway and took her to Gardiner’s Avenue in Springs for a total fare of $60. Upon arrival, the woman, who appeared highly intoxicated, said she had no money, and hit Mr. Cox in the face when he would not let her leave without paying. He called police, who told her she had to pay or be arrested. She called her mother, who paid the fare. Mr. Cox said he was not hurt and would not press charges.

Fausto Peralto woke up on July 6 to find that someone had keyed both his cars, badly scratching them. He told police he had had an argument with a downstairs neighbor, whose bike he had accidentally run over, and had agreed to buy him another bike, but not until the work week ended. Police spoke to the neighbor, who said he just wanted his new bike. Mr. Peralto contacted his insurance company for a claim to cover the $500 in damages.

Nikia Mabery called police on July 7 to turn in a counterfeit $100 bill at the Royal gas station on North Main Street.

East Hampton Village

Police stopped a Ford pickup that was spewing waste over Pantigo Road on July 8. The truck was towing a large portable bathroom trailer that had sprung a leak, and the driver, Wayne Makwinski, said he was aware of the leak but was unable to stop it. He was given a summons, and his employer, Emil Norsic & Son of Southampton, sent a septic truck to pump out the remaining waste.

On the afternoon of July 8 police received reports of a dog running loose on Main Beach. Lifeguards were standing with the dog in the parking lot when officers arrived, and an employee of its owner arrived soon after to take the animal back home.

An anonymous caller tipped off police last week to the improper use of a handicapped sticker in the East Hampton Library lot, where a “pop-up van,” with a top that opens, displayed a sticker found to be valid only in New York City. Police deemed that the van’s owner had planned on camping here. She was advised not to park in local handicapped spaces and told to leave the parking lot when the library closed.

A Pleasant Lane homeowner found a large American flag on Newtown Lane on July 10. Police took charge of the flag.

A vandal removed the fencing around a nesting site west of the Main Beach jetty last week and threw the notice sign in the dunes. Police determined from tire tracks that the person then drove through the nesting area. There was no report of injured wildlife, and the fence has been repaired.

Last Thursday at 11:30 p.m. police received several complaints about noise coming from behind Schenk Fuels. Officers found a large party going on in the back parking lot and contacted security staff, who agreed to turn the music down.


Dritero Jakupi, an employee at the Surf Lodge, reported his bike stolen while he was working a night shift into the early morning of July 5. The red Schwinn road bike, with white handles, was in a bike rack, unlocked. Its value was estimated at $100.

Peter Welling was walking with his family on Roosevelt Drive on the evening of July 5 when he saw a speeding taxi in the southbound lane. He flagged it down and advised the driver to slow down. The two exchanged angry words, and Mr. Welling later called police, but decided in the end not to press charges.

Francesca Wright reported that on the night of July 8 someone shattered her car’s rear passenger-side window. Police spoke to several of her neighbors and are continuing to investigate.

Scott Schaefer’s boat was vandalized sometime between June 29 and July 3 while it was docked at the Montauk Marine Basin. He found a mess in the bathroom, and the toilet pump on, which drained the boat’s batteries. Several ignition wires were reported cut as well. Damages were estimated at around $600 in all.

Samantha Romanowski’s green-and-white  Wave Walker paddleboard, valued at $1,000, was stolen from outside her house on the afternoon of July 3.

Sag Harbor

A 7-year-old boy called police last Thursday, crying that his mother was missing. The child had woken from a nap and did not realize that she was on the back patio having dinner.

Police told the owner of Madison and Main restaurant on Saturday to remove potted plants out front and stop serving alcohol at sidewalk tables. The owner said his cafe permit had been approved but not yet issued.