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Jul 5, 2016 6:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Court Documents Reveal More Details Of Red Bull Theft By Southampton Town Employee

Jul 6, 2016 10:15 AM

A Southampton Town employee remains suspended without pay, and might lose his job, after he scavenged more than $900 worth of Red Bull energy drink after it fell off the back of a delivery truck in Shinnecock Hills in late May and then refused to return it to the driver.

Court documents say John Ryan, 54, of East Quogue, who oversees employee safety for the town, was driving his town-issued vehicle at around 9:30 a.m. on May 12 when he came across 19 cases of Red Bull—valued at $931—that had fallen onto the road near the intersection of Montauk Highway and St. Andrews Road.

The delivery truck driver noticed that his truck’s rear door had accidentally swung open and nearly two dozen cases of the energy drink had spilled out and onto the road and shoulder. After he turned his truck around, the driver observed a man quickly loading the cases into a utility vehicle that featured the town’s emblem, according to Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa.

Mr. Ryan, who has been employed by the town since 2007 and makes $71,765 annually, had already loaded the 19 cases into his vehicle when the truck driver reached him and asked that he return them—a request that Mr. Ryan repeatedly refused, police said. He then drove off with the energy drink.

Det. Sgt. Costa said the truck driver reported the incident to police the same day, offering a description of the fleeing town vehicle. She said it took investigators a few weeks to figure out which town employee was in the area at the time of the theft, as many town-issued vehicles look the same.

Mr. Ryan was eventually identified and arrested by Southampton Town Police on June 18 after he turned himself in at police headquarters in Hampton Bays, according to Det. Sgt. Costa. He was charged with petit larceny and official misconduct, both misdemeanors, police said.

Mr. Ryan, who did not respond to a request seeking comment, was suspended for 30 days following his arrest, according to Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. He added that Mr. Ryan’s future employment with the town will be decided at a later hearing.

Mr. Ryan’s suspension is set to expire on Thursday, July 21, according to Russell Kratoville, the town’s management services administrator. If a disciplinary hearing is not scheduled by that time, Mr. Ryan could either return to work or remain out on paid suspension.

The original police report on the incident stated that Mr. Ryan lived in Hampton Bays, but court documents revealed that he actually resides in East Quogue.

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Stealing when you make 70 grand a year???

What is they deal with these government employees? Where can I get these jobs? It doesn't seem like they do anything at all
By Inch_High_PI (29), Southampton on Jul 6, 16 7:53 AM
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70 grand a year on Long Island is just squeezing by, but has nothing to do with the story.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 7, 16 3:58 PM
selling drugs,stealing from scholership fund,stealing redbull may I sggest that all employees in Southampton Town be given a 20% pay raise they are obviously not all able to live on their current salary.
By watchdog1 (515), Southampton on Jul 6, 16 9:24 AM
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THE lawyer assigned to this case is to be compensated for his services in conducting a hearing and submitting findings and recommendations to the Town Board at the rate of $950 per day. So at least SOMEONES making money from this.
By freedomofspeech (15), Hampton Bays on Jul 15, 16 12:31 PM
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This is surely an embarrassment to the town. How many town employees have been in trouble with the police, whether while on town time or not. There are a lot of town employees that are very hard workers but these few make all look bad. Time to clean house in town hall.
By Resident tax (153), Hampton bays ny on Jul 6, 16 10:06 AM
Caught "red handed"
Now "red-in-the-face".
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jul 6, 16 10:36 AM
Tsk, tsk. A prevaricator of the highest caliber. Even the courts do not know where he lives....
By frauhauptmann (3), Hampton Bays on Jul 7, 16 3:17 PM
re-read the strory.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jul 7, 16 4:01 PM
this guy has been in trouble with the police while on town time before and they looked the other way. Resident tax, you're right, he's part of the "old" admin dating back to Patrick "Skip" Heaney. Time to clean house.
By freedomofspeech (15), Hampton Bays on Jul 7, 16 3:31 PM
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There isn't any chance he was just trying to get the cases out of the road and somehow prosecute the driver for losing hazardous materials all over the road?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 8, 16 3:29 PM
This is from the story:

"the truck driver reached him and asked that he return them—a request that Mr. Ryan repeatedly refused, police said. He then drove off with the energy drink."

Doesn't sound like he was getting them off the road to be a good Samaritan. I am sure if it could have been spun that way it would have been.
By bb (856), Hampton Bays on Jul 8, 16 7:39 PM
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Let's see - You drop 19 cases of anything onto the road and then - lo and behold - you "notice" that the door is "swinging open".... hmmmm - so the truck driver who endangered other drivers coming upon 19 cases of material in the road bear NO responsibility for NOT HAVING PROPERLY SECURED THE DOOR. OK. Now the driver wants the 19 cases back. I read the article, bb. I still think the Town Safety employee Ryan was correct not to return them then and there - and to wait and see if the driver was ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 10:58 PM
rom the story:
Det. Sgt. Costa said the truck driver reported the incident to police the same day, offering a description of the fleeing town vehicle. She said it took investigators a few weeks to figure out which town employee was in the area at the time of the theft, as many town-issued vehicles look the same. Mr. Ryan was eventually identified and arrested by Southampton Town Police on June 18

Why didn't Ryan report it the same day, like the driver did? And WHO was drunk , stoned ...more
By freedomofspeech (15), Hampton Bays on Jul 17, 16 4:21 PM
Who says he was a good Samaritan - to my mind he was pursuing safety - his job. Am not clear, though, what has exactly been revealed by these court documents...that Ryan is from East Quogue and not Hampton Bays?

bb - If the cases fell in front of your car and you had an accident as a result - what would you say?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jul 16, 16 11:18 PM
Again, why didn't mr Ryan report it to the town and the police the same day.
By Resident tax (153), Hampton bays ny on Jul 18, 16 2:06 PM
Gee, Vikki K, you sure like to figure out alternate reasons for what was a theft - period.
By frauhauptmann (3), Hampton Bays on Jul 18, 16 9:55 PM
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Are we going to get an update on this story, or has the southampton town administration swept it under the rug already?
By freedomofspeech (15), Hampton Bays on Aug 16, 16 9:32 PM
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Employed since 2007, probably work out a deal that if the town is going to let him go, it will not be before he puts 10 years in. Just sayin.
By Resident tax (153), Hampton bays ny on Sep 13, 16 2:26 PM
AH! Another deal-- after multiple arrests for domestic disputes that were dropped by the judge and a complaint against him that ATH dropped it would sadden me if he came out of this with another promotion. I mean pension.....Lester the lawyer will drag ass until the thiefs10 years are up, I guess. Our tax dollars at work....for $950 a day for Lester to figure out a good spin for Ryan.
By freedomofspeech (15), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 16 4:44 PM
No, freedomofspeech, no promotion, but yes a deal. Alas, he was unable to spin his way out of this one but does he still have to answer to the legal charges?
Thats a good question. Maybe that was part of his "deal".
By my2cents (2), EQ on Nov 26, 16 6:18 PM
I wanted the story about him stealing from the Veterans
By freedomofspeech (15), Hampton Bays on Jun 21, 18 8:47 PM
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