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Cops: Former Water Mill Lumber Employee Stole $21,916 From Company

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Oct 10, 2012 8:57 AM
Oct 10, 2012 9:14 AM

A former employee of a Water Mill business was arrested over the weekend after Southampton Town Police said an investigation revealed that he stole more than $21,000 from his workplace in small increments over more than a year.

Former Southampton resident Craig R. Veet, 36, had worked at Water Mill Lumber on Montauk Highway for several years, manning the cash register and handling sales, but one day last summer, one transaction came up as “suspicious,” Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said. The company’s management reported the incident to police, thinking at first a couple of hundred dollars had gone missing.

The company did a forensic accounting of all its transactions and detectives combed through records. After examining a year and a half’s worth of records, it came to light that Mr. Veet had stolen $21,916 by falsifying sales receipts and pocketing money, Det. Sgt. Costa said.

Mr. Veet was fired around June 30, shortly after the suspicious transaction caught his firm’s attention.

Last Thursday, October 4, police went to Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Veet now lives, and arranged for him to surrender. He was cooperative and turned himself in at police headquarters in Hampton Bays at 7:35 a.m. on Saturday, and was charged with first-degree falsifying business records and third-degree grand larceny, both felonies, they said.

Mr. Veet was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $2,000 bail following an arraignment that morning in Southampton Town Justice Court, but was subsequently released after family members posted bail. He is due back in court at 9 a.m. on December 5.

Felony DWI In Three-Car Crash

A motorist who rammed her car into another car on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton on Monday night, setting off a three-car chain reaction, was intoxicated and had a child passenger, Southampton Town Police said.

Lee T. Introp, 47, of Great Neck was driving a 2000 BMW westbound about an eighth of a mile east of Lake Road in slow-moving traffic at about 6 p.m. when she rear-ended a 2009 Nissan, which in turn hit a 2012 Chevrolet sedan, police said. Alondra Rodriguez-Reyes, 26, of Southampton was driving the Nissan with a 2-year-old passenger, while Arrieta Heriberth-Ruiz, 40, of Brooklyn was driving the Chevrolet with no passengers, police said. No one was injured.

Officers said an investigation at the scene revealed Ms. Introp was intoxicated. She was arrested at about 6:09 p.m. and charged with aggravated DWI. The charge was elevated under Leandra’s Law, which makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive while intoxicated with a passenger 15 years old or younger.

Police said Ms. Introp had her 8-year-old nephew in the car at the time of the accident. She was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Ms. Introp posted $1,000 cash bail following a Tuesday morning arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court. Her return court date is on November 7.

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