On the Police Logs 05.08.14

East Hampton Village

A call to police reporting an injured seal on Main Beach brought an officer to the scene early in the evening of April 28. “When approached, the seal ran back into the water. Appeared normal,” the report concluded.

A man described by police as “East Hampton homeless” was found drunk and asleep on a bench behind the library on the morning of April 30. The incident report said that the man was “making a mess.” Police told him that he had to leave or face arrest for trespassing. It was the second time that a homeless man had been asked to leave the library recently. Police had responded to a report of an “unwanted guest” who was making himself at home in the library’s new addition on April 14.

The Tory Burch store on Main Street had its own unwelcome guest Sunday evening. A passerby looking in at the designer clothing displayed in the window noticed a “North American bird indigenous to the area” inside the store, perched on a mannequin. The passerby called police, who “confirmed that said bird was inside establishment.” Police got in touch with the manager, who subsequently managed to set the bird free.

An 85-year-old Main Street woman was targeted by a scam artist last week. The woman had been emailed by a man calling himself David Bolson, who told her that her computer needed to be repaired, and that his company would do it for $394, which she should pay by credit card. The woman gave her card number to the caller, but then she called the card company and froze the transaction because she was suspicious. She received a second email from the unidentified repair company, telling her a refund was in order. To facilitate it, she was told to go to Waldbaum’s and transfer $2,219 via Western Union to Shanim Aiman in Kolkata, India, which the woman did last Thursday. The money was claimed the next day. She then received a third email on Friday, telling her to send another $2,219. The woman then called the police. Her bank told her the money she lost could not be refunded.

Two cab drivers got into a fight Friday evening at the train station, but had driven away by the time police arrived.

Sag Harbor

Two teachers at the elementary school had money stolen from their desks recently while the classrooms were empty. A male teacher reported having about $100 stolen from his wallet, which he had left in his desk while he was at lunch on two occasions, and a female teacher had about the same amount stolen from a folder she had left in her desk. Matthew Malone, the principal, told police that the school’s surveillance videos were being checked and that any student discipline would be handled internally.

The manager of Sen restaurant received a call from a man posing as a PSEG Long Island employee who said he would have to shut the restaurant’s electricity off if an unspecified large payment was not made. Barbara Manning, the manager, immediately called the police. There has been a rash of similar calls across the East End recently in attempts to defraud business owners.

Police responded to a silent alarm signaling a holdup in progress at the Sag Harbor Pharmacy last Thursday afternoon. Police rushed to the Main Street store, where they learned the pharmacy’s security company, Carefree, was testing the alarm system.

A woman was caught on a surveillance camera in Illusions pocketing a sterling silver bracelet Sunday afternoon while she was paying for another item at the jewelry store. Police are investigating.

Two plants were reported stolen Sunday from a grave in Oakland Cemetery. A headstone was disturbed, as well.

Springs

A 15-foot-long stack of firewood that stood 8 feet tall was reported stolen last Thursday from a house on Tyrone Drive. Chris Hamilton told police he had cut down about 20 trees on the property and had stacked the wood, at the property owner’s request, 40 feet from the curb, next to the house. He valued the firewood at $3,000.