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Thief Caught on Camera

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:22

Over in Sag Harbor early Monday morning, Nikita S. Bykov of Brooklyn was charged with felony grand larceny after he allegedly stole a purse, containing $5,000 in cash, at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern.

Its owner, Lorraine Lorenc, called police to the Main Street bar at about 12:50 a.m., after noticing that her $250 Bandolier purse was missing. She told Sag Harbor Village police she had seen Mr. Bykov knock over a chair at the bar, near where she’d left her purse, and then run outside. When she looked back at the bar she saw that the purse was gone. In addition to the cash, it had her eyeglasses, driver’s license, house keys, car keys, and an iPhone 8 inside.

Police reviewed security cameras at Murf’s and saw Mr. Bykov grab the purse from the bar and flee. Officers searched the area and found him outside the 7-Eleven on Long Island Avenue. Ms. Lorenc and the bartender identified him as the man they saw in the bar, and he was arrested on the third-degree grand larceny charge. He was arraigned later that morning and released on $500 bail. 

East Hampton Town Police charged a Washington, D.C., man with a felony and two misdemeanors on Aug. 18, after he choked his girlfriend, threw her in a pool, and held her under water at their Montauk rental.

Detective Sgt. Dan Toia said this week that a 911 call from Gravesend Avenue had come in at 8:13 p.m., and squad cars were on scene within three minutes. Officers spoke to Robert Turner, 26, and his girlfriend, whose name was not released, as is standard procedure in cases of domestic violence.

The woman was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital by the Montauk Fire Department ambulance, for treatment of bruises and a possibly sprained thumb. Mr. Turner was placed under arrest at about 9:20 p.m.

He was charged with strangulation, criminal obstruction of breathing, and third-degree assault. Justice Steven Tekulsky released him the next morning on $5,000 bail.

A 30-year-old man living in Springs was turned over to federal marshals on Aug. 21 following his arrest in another domestic violence case. Victor H. Sojos-Valladares was charged with misdemeanor criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second-degree harassment, a violation, at his home that afternoon. Police said he grabbed the victim by her neck and squeezed it three times, so that she almost passed out. He also allegedly slapped and kicked her, and pulled her hair multiple times.

Following his arraignment in Justice Court last Thursday, Justice Lisa R. Rana set bail at $2,000. Before his family could post it, the marshals produced a warrant for removal. It was not clear if the man was under a prior deportation order or a prior felony conviction, Detective Toia said. He had been arrested in August 2010 for breaking into a house and charged with burglary, petty larceny, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was indicted and the case was transferred to county court; the outcome could not be determined as of press time.

Carl A. Nowicki, 28, of Bellmore was arrested after stealing electronic cigarette kits from the Montauk 7-Eleven, town police said. Mr. Nowicki allegedly admitted to taking a Juul starter kit and a Juul Mango pod box just before 5 a.m. on Aug. 20 and leaving the store without paying for them. Though police did not include the value in the arrest report, the starter kits, which include a Juul device, charging dock, and four Juul pods, retail for $49.99. The pods retail for between $9.99 and $15.99.

Mr. Nowicki was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and petty larceny, both misdemeanors, at 6 a.m. A sergeant released him on his own recognizance with a ticket to appear in Justice Court next Thursday.

Tyra Kwao-Vovo, 26, of Brooklyn was arrested on cocaine and marijuana charges in Montauk on Aug. 17. Town police said they saw her standing on Main Street in front of Shagwong Tavern at about 12:30 a.m., holding a marijuana cigarette. During a search, police found a small plastic tube with a green leafy substance, which later tested positive for marijuana, and two plastic bags with a white powdery substance inside her purse. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. She posted $100 bail and was released; she is due in Justice Court on Sept. 12.

An intoxicated Manhattan woman who was fighting with a bouncer outside the Memory Motel on Aug. 15 wound up with two counts of resisting arrest. Police were called to the Montauk Highway bar at 11:30 p.m. after Kristina M. Hogan, 34, “engaged in violent fighting behavior” with the bouncer, whose name was not released, and ignored police commands to take her hands away from his shirt collar.

When police tried to arrest her, she refused to put her hands behind her back, pulled her arms away, and tensed all her muscles, the report said.  It took two officers to subdue her. She was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation. She was released on an appearance ticket and is due to appear in court today.

In East Hampton Village last week, a 17-year-old boy was charged with second-degree criminal trespass following an investigation into an Aug. 18 party at an East Hollow Road house. A neighbor called in a report of a large party around 11 p.m., and partygoers fled when officers arrived. Police found “quite a bit of damage done to the interior of the residence,” Detective Greg Browne said yesterday, adding that windows were broken and there were numerous holes in the plasterboard. The homeowners were not there, and the house appeared to have been chosen at random, police said.

The teen, whose name was withheld because he is eligible for youthful offender status, was arrested two days later after being picked up at Main Beach for questioning. Detectives released him on his own recognizance; he is due to appear in court on Sept. 12. The investigation is continuing.

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