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On the Police Logs 08.22.19

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:38


A man reported his wallet stolen on Aug. 9 while he was on the beach at the end of Abram’s Landing Road. He believes it happened when a woman was playing with his dog and a man came up from behind and also started talking. He was unable to describe them, but believes they were “working the beach” to steal items. Police searched the area, but could not find the pair or any other witnesses.

The manager of Brent’s Deli reported that a woman had left the Montauk Highway store on Sunday afternoon without paying for a $10 sandwich from the deli. Since she had called in the order, Dave Winthrop, the manager, called the number back and left a message, asking her to return to the store within a half-hour or he would call police, which he did at 4:15 p.m.

East Hampton

The East Hampton Airport sign at the intersection of Route 114 and Wainscott-Northwest Road was vandalized on Aug. 7 or Aug. 8. Someone spray-painted the letter “V” in black on both sides of the sign, covering it significantly. Police notified the East Hampton Town Parks Department.

Gregory R. Monaco asked for police assistance Aug. 7 at a house he owns on Middle Highway. He had hired electricians to fix some issues in his tenant’s apartment, but the tenant changed the locks and they were unable to get in. Police were able to get in touch with the tenant, who let the electricians in. While they were all inside, more problems arose; Mr. Monaco said the tenant grabbed his wrist, causing his phone to fall to the ground. They were out of the officer’s view, and there was no damage to the phone; no charges were filed.

East Hampton Village

The front windshield of an excavator at the Long Island Rail Road construction site at Hook Mill Road and Accabonac Road was cracked sometime between Aug. 10 and Aug. 12. A worker with the Case Foundation Company, based in Berwyn, Pa., suggested that someone had thrown a rock at the windshield. He told police it was not damaged when he left the job site on Aug. 10.

On Aug. 12, a truck driver parked on the road in front of a Borden Lane house while delivering water through a back gate to a property on Woods Lane.  The homeowners on Borden Lane called police at about 9:40 a.m., complaining that the driver was trespassing on an easement they own. Police spoke to all parties, and a promise was made not to use the easement in future.

A chain-link fence over by Stop and Shop’s loading dock was damaged earlier this month when trash, wooden pallets, and other items were thrown over the fence, onto village property. Police spoke to the store manager, who said a work order was already submitted to have the fence fixed, or replaced if necessary. He told police he would notify the corporate office about the trash issue at the Newtown Lane grocery store, but was warned that if the situation recurs, the store would get a summons.

The owner of a vacant King Street property told police that some of the split rails on a fence separating his property from a neighbor’s have been removed on several occasions. Though some have resurfaced, he said, four were still missing as of Aug. 12. They are worth about $50. 

A small fire broke out on Aug. 12 at the base of a tree in front of the Baker House. It was put out quickly with water, at around 12:40 p.m. No word on what started the blaze.

Police were called to the Exxon gas station on Montauk Highway at about 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 12, after a customer threatened the owner. The man’s 2009 Chevrolet had broken down and he refused to leave, despite being asked. He told an officer he had paid for gas and purchased items from the convenience store, and when his car would not start, he contacted NAPA Auto Parts. He was given two hours to get it running again or it would be towed.

On Friday morning at the John M. Marshall Elementary School, an employee found a red grinder containing a small amount of marijuana on a playground slide. Police took the item to be destroyed.

A Talmage Lane resident phoned police on Saturday evening around 7:15 after a man came to her door to solicit business. An officer met up with the man, who was pitching pest control in the neighborhood. The officer advised him to find another way to advertise without disturbing homeowners.  


On Aug. 3 at about 4:50 p.m., Josh Cohen of Montauk returned to his Chevy Camaro in the East Deck lot at Ditch Plain Beach to find two intoxicated people sitting in the car. He did not know them and asked them to leave, but told police they refused. They did eventually get out of the car and began arguing with Mr. Cohen; then, he told police, both of them slapped him in the face. They walked away, but one of them threw a glass bottle in his direction, which missed him and broke on the ground. When police arrived, he declined to prosecute.

While on foot patrol by Pizza Village on Main Street very early Sunday morning, officers were approached by “a highly irate female” who said there was a fight in front of the Memory Motel. Police found a Massapequa man bleeding from the mouth. Though he and his girlfriend initially refused to identify themselves, they did eventually hand over their driver’s licenses and coughed up a brief tale of woe. The boyfriend had been kicked out of the Memory Motel, for no reason, they said, and as they made their way onto the sidewalk, a man in his 30s punched him in the face and then fled in a taxi. The Massapequa man tried to walk away, but did in the end agree to medical attention. The Montauk Fire Department transported him to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Police spoke to the manager at the Memory, who said the man and his girlfriend had been thrown out for causing numerous disturbances and being aggressive toward security staff.

Neville G. Burke, who lives in Montauk, said his house key was stolen from the bed of his pickup truck, which was parked in his driveway while he was out of town on Aug. 11. It did not appear anyone went into the house and nothing was missing. He was advised to change the locks, which he said he would do first thing in the morning.

A blue-gray North Face backpack with about $600 in goods inside was stolen from near the lifeguard stand at Ditch Plain Beach on Aug. 14. Peter J. Foster of Bay Shore said he had left it there between 6 and 8 a.m.

Sag Harbor

Viviane Carey walked into the police station on the evening of Aug. 13 to report repeated unauthorized use of her credit card. She said that her Chase card had been used multiple times without her permission by an individual in Smyrna, Ga. She contacted the customer care manager where the card was processed and learned that the card was used to buy two vehicles, which were in Smyrna. Police advised her to contact police there to pursue an official grand larceny investigation.

A 7-Eleven customer anonymously complained to police late on Aug. 14 of other customers “treating employees rudely.” When an officer arrived, the people in question had left. Employees said they had been denied the purchase of alcohol because they did not have proper ID, and repeatedly made rude comments before leaving.

Jazmyn Young complained of a seaplane flying dangerously close to the shore at Havens Beach last Thursday at around 7:20 p.m. She provided the tail number of the plane, which she said was operating within 1,500 feet of the shore and flying very close to the beach. Police were able to speak with the company that owns the plane.

When Nancy Williams of Cornell Road went outside Saturday to get her newspaper, she found her glass front door broken. She remembered hearing a loud noise around midnight, she told police.


On Aug. 1, an employee at Bel Mare Ristorante reported his red iPhone XR stolen. While working on the night of July 30, Nathan Campbell told police, he left the phone in a bag on a shelf in the restaurant’s dry-storage area. He came back to work the next day, and discovered the phone missing. He asked co-workers about it and tried pinging it, but it never turned up.

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