A locksmith making a house call apparently visited the wrong house last month. Thomas MacNiven told police that sometime between May 1 and May 9, “the backdoor knob and lock were drilled out, and were replaced” on an Amagansett house with a Montauk Highway address. Nothing was removed from the house, and the old lock and knob were found just inside. It will cost about $160 to change the lock and knob yet again.
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A Cove Hollow Road resident complained to police Friday afternoon that a neighbor had been “yelling at the workers who are preparing the house for sale.” The homeowner also said someone had entered his basement and left the door open and the lights and computer on, though nothing was missing. He said he had had similar problems with the neighbor the last time his house was on the market.
A complaint of “youths being aggressive toward people on the street” brought police to Newtown Lane Saturday afternoon, where they found a group called New York Youth Club to be raising money by selling candy. The caller told police the youths would become confrontational if passersby declined to make a purchase. Police advised the group not to “engage the public in an aggressive manner when soliciting.”
A Montauk man’s cellphone was stolen while he was at Liar’s Saloon early Saturday morning. The man, Honesty Guess, activated his Find My Phone app and police were able to track the phone to a Brick Kiln Road address in Sag Harbor. Mr. Guess declined to press charges after the phone was recovered.
A 200-pound, 4-foot-tall carved wooden black bear that was cemented into the ground at the head of a Crooked Highway driveway near Bull Path was reported stolen last week. Jeffrey Vogel told police on Saturday that the theft had occurred sometime over the past month. He estimated the value of his missing bear at $600.
Vandals knocked a number of mailboxes on the west side of Main Street off their posts overnight Friday. The destruction began near Glover Street and continued for well over a quarter-mile, ending past Jermain Avenue.
A Howard Street woman called police in the early hours Friday to say an intruder had opened her door, then run away. Louise Corish said she was asleep when she heard the door open. Police found Pedro Moreno on Division Street soon after, and he said he had been trying to get away from some men who were following him. He had entered Ms. Corish’s house, he said, because he thought a friend of his lived there. Police interviewed the man for some time, concluding in their report that he was “delusional.”
Jeff Nichols, principal of Pierson Middle School, called police to the school last Thursday to take possession of an item confiscated from a student. The police report did not specify the nature of the item, only that it would be “destroyed.”
While Griffiths Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Service was being moved from one Industrial Road address to another, several items disappeared, including a roto-brush air-cleaning machine valued by the business’s owner, Isaac Tilstra, at $5,000 and a Dell computer tower valued at $900.