Sag Harbor Village police arrested a local 16-year-old on Monday morning and charged him with felony-level grand larceny and burglary, in connection with a wave of burglaries that took place in the village last summer. The teenager is charged with participating in one of those break-ins, on July 27, in which several bottles of liquor were stolen from a village residence, and also with stealing a 2008 GMC pickup truck on July 11.
The chief suspect in the case, Devin K. Brevard, 17, who was arrested in October, pleaded guilty on Feb. 7 to eight second-degree counts of felony burglary, one of the two charges the younger boy now faces.
If an adult were to be convicted of the same charge, the minimum sentence would be one year in prison. In Central Islip criminal court, however, acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho promised Mr. Brevard an interim sentence of one year’s conditional probation. If he is not arrested again and has positive probation reports, a five-year standard probation period will follow. Mr. Brevard will retain his youthful offender status, meaning that ultimately, if all goes well, his record will be cleared. He is to be officially sentenced on March 17.
Detective Jeffrey Proctor, who led the investigation into the crime spree, which began with bottles of liquor being stolen from residences and then escalated, was named the department’s officer of the year for 2013, in part for his work in that case.
The 16-year-old, whose name was withheld because of his age, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Southampton Town Court Tuesday morning. He was released without bail after being taken back to Sag Harbor Village police headquarters by Detective Proctor.
Bad to Worse
Police reports routinely contain reports of domestic incidents, events that typically involve minor violations rather than criminal charges. Sometimes, though, a defendant can make a bad situation worse, which is what East Hampton Town police say happened on Jan. 27.
Police were called late that afternoon to 139 Middle Highway in East Hampton, where Officer Barry Johnson spoke with a resident, Gregory R. Monaco, 36. According to the report, Mr. Monaco shoved the officer. Told that he was being arrested for harassment, a violation, Mr. Monaco allegedly shoved Officer Johnson again, adding a more serious charge of resisting arrest to his docket. He was taken to headquarters and released without bail, pending arraignment in East Hampton Justice Court next Thursday.
About 20 years ago, a teenager by the same name brought charges of police brutality against the East Hampton Town force. The town settled with the youth by paying him $40,000. It could not be determined whether the two Greg Monacos were one and the same.