Two vehicles parked in the driveway of a Cross Highway house were keyed over a four-day period recently. Jonathan Alzate told police deep scratches had been made by a key or nail on his 2011 Toyota Tacoma overnight Dec. 18 and that his 2004 Dodge truck was similarly struck overnight Dec. 21. Police are investigating the acts as criminal mischief, which is a felony.
Police released a report this week of a similar incident, this one back in November. Marisol Ozturk and Enrique Guerrero discovered a 2011 Toyota Tundra and a 2006 Nissan Altima were damaged by a key or another sharp metal object overnight on Nov. 6 outside Ms. Ozturk’s residence on Boatheader’s Lane. She reported that she had had “ongoing issues” with an ex-boyfriend and that he had been seen driving by the house in the days leading up to the incident.
East Hampton Village
If the Greek philosopher Diogenes had been walking through East Hampton Village at around noon on the day before New Year’s Eve, he might have been left a little less the cynic. Two wallets with credit cards and cash inside untouched were found at about the same time and turned over to police that day. One was found in the Reutershan parking lot, and belonged to an East Hampton resident. The other belonged to an Atlanta woman who had left it at J. Crew on Main Street. However, a Bronx man told police New Year’s Day that he had left his wallet, containing $800 in cash and multiple credit and debit cards, on the Long Island Rail Road train he had taken to East Hampton Thursday. Police told him to contact the L.I.R.R.
Police have classified an incident that made it possible for about 30 Deep Hollow Ranch horses to get out onto the road in front of the ranch last Thursday morning as criminal tampering. A town police officer, called to the site at 7:30 a.m., herded them to the shoulder of the road, where he was joined by Dorothy Malik-Atkinson, a ranch employee. After the horses were returned to the corral, an open gate was discovered at the southeast corner of the field north of the barn. Ms. Malik-Atkinson said she was “positive that she closed the gate” the previous afternoon.
On New Year’s Day, as the sun was setting, police responded to a call reporting trespassers inside the old radar station at Camp Hero. They found individuals exiting from a hole in the side of the building. Tom Dess, a state parks supervisor, did not want to press charges, but wanted the individuals warned they would face trespassing charges if they returned. Police complied.
Christopher Capalbo, the caretaker of a Hand’s Creek Road property, which was not identified for the record, called police on Dec. 28 to report five driveway globe lights on poles had been knocked down and smashed. He estimated repairs at $1,000.
Trespassers visited a house on Hedges Banks Drive some time last week, although nothing was reported missing or damaged. Police said John Donahue, Tom Alvino, and Drew Fennell “own several homes together and rent them out.” Mr. Donahue had received a call from a friend on Friday who told him the doors at the residence were wide open. It appears from the redacted report that the house had been entered and the heat turned on.
A resident of Grape Arbor Lane found the white metal mailbox outside his house destroyed on Christmas Eve morning. It appeared that the mailbox and the pole it was on might have been struck by a vehicle. It will cost $150 to replace.
A second report of a skimming device on an ATM in the village was received on New Year’s Eve. The machine was outside Suffolk County National Bank. The devices are used by criminals to capture card information. It was not clear how long the device had been in place.
Dennis Kleinman and his family were awakened by the sound of breaking glass a little after midnight Friday at their Old Stone Highway residence. He explained that he had gone downstairs and found a glass panel on his kitchen door shattered. Police said they soon found an extremely drunk neighbor wandering nearby, who apparently thought the house was his own and had smashed the window in an attempt to enter it. The neighbor, whose name was redacted, had a deep cut on his right arm and was taken to Southampton Hospital. Mr. Kleinman declined to press charges, but said he would seek restitution.