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Mar 29, 2013 6:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Hampton Bays Man Charged With Stealing Car, Leading Police On Chase Near Campus

Apr 2, 2013 7:02 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 7 a.m.

A 21-year-old man who allegedly stole a car last week in Hampton Bays and led police on a short chase before jumping from the vehicle while it was still moving, leaving it to crash in a creek in Shinnecock Hills, was arrested on Monday by Southampton Town Police.

Authorities have charged Carlos Garcia of Hampton Bays with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree burglary, both felonies, following an investigation, according to a press release.

Police did not say where Mr. Garcia was arrested, where he had been hiding or what led them to him.

Authorities said Mr. Garcia stole a car from Union Street in Hampton Bays at 8:22 p.m. last Thursday, March 28, and was spotted a short time later by Stony Brook Southampton police officers near the Shinnecock Hills campus. After leading police on a brief chase, he jumped from the car while it was still moving, near the intersection of Middle Pond Road and Dellaria Avenue, and then fled the scene on foot.

Multiple police agencies, including K-9 units, assisted with the ensuing search but the driver eluded pursuers.

Police said the burglary charge stems from another investigation into the theft of a cellphone from the AT&T store on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays that occurred in August. They said that investigation helped lead detectives to Mr. Garcia.

Mr. Garcia was processed and held at Town Police headquarters for arraignment.


The driver of a stolen car eluded police following a massive search in Shinnecock Hills Thursday evening that included Suffolk County Police helicopters and K-9 units.

According to police, a car was reported stolen from Union Street in Hampton Bays shortly after 8 p.m. on Thursday. Stony Brook Southampton police officers spotted the car a short time later on Montauk Highway near the college and attempted to pull it over, but the driver fled, leading police on a short chase before jumping from the moving car near the intersection of Middle Pond Road and Dellaria Avenue in Southampton.

The suspect, described as a man in his late teens or early 20s with a light complexion, fled on foot, while the car crashed through a split rail fence before crashing into an anchor post in a creek that connects to Middle Pond, near the end of Dellaria Avenue.

The Southampton Town Police Department, with the assistance of the Suffolk County Police Department Aviation Unit, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, and the Southampton Village Police Department, conducted a search of the area, but the man eluded police and remained at large, police said. New York State Police also sent two patrol cars to assist in the search.

The Southampton Town Police Department Detective Division asks that anyone with information on the incident to call police at 728-5000 or 702-2230, or the Crime Tips Hotline at 728-3454, or send an e-mail to crimetips@southamptontownny.gov.

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Thus, further proving their incompetence. In a ficticous world, parallel to ours...When the police were questioned as to why they didn't apprehend the subject, they stated, "the driver did not appear to be intoxicated, so therefore we don't care", and "we probably just need more cops".
By The Royal 'We' (187), Southampton on Mar 29, 13 9:15 AM
How come campus police is going after this guy. Seems to me that this is outside their jurisdiction. What's next for them issuing speeding tickets off campus?
By V.Tomanoku (622), southampton on Mar 29, 13 9:26 AM
Uhhhh. Sorry, but who cares. I am sure somewhere along the line a tax we pay, pays there salary. I am sure the officer could take a break from guarding an empty campus to aid in this, ha.... The biggest crime here is the complete waste of the college property, which is not being utilized for much lately.
By mightycolemack (15), Hampton Bays on Mar 29, 13 9:40 AM
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So the campus cop should have ignored it? FWIW I believe that SUNY Cops are not just "square badeges" but are in fact MPTC certified. Thier role would have been as an assist to another agency, and no they can't issue speeding tickets or anything else, outside the campus.
By But I'm a blank! (1278), Hampton Bays on Mar 29, 13 11:10 AM
Ditto to blank!

Suppose it was your car, and they ignored the radio call reporting a stolen car near them?

Well done by all responders. Any chance the perp. lives in or knows someone in the neighborhood, and slipped into a house without the LOE's being able to follow him?

Were there footprints which could be followed today in the daylight?
By PBR (4862), Southampton on Mar 29, 13 6:58 PM
Who said anything about ignoring anything? Its a legitimate doubt to raise whether they can and whether they should. They can very well alert the appropriate police agency that they spotted the car, as anyone could.
I don't think the outcome of this situation warrants padding anyone on the back. The car, perhaps it could be my car landed in the water and is probably ruined. Hopefully I have insurance to cover that. The perpetrator, as they say got away. That is not to mention the merit or ...more
By V.Tomanoku (622), southampton on Mar 29, 13 10:25 PM
If u are saying cops on a whole are incompetent, your post is opinion. In which case God bless you. If you are saying that this proves that the Southampton cops are incompetent, i say "booooo" to you and perhaps you should read the article again. Sounds like communication of information was conduct quickly, which lead to a quick finding of the vehicle. Not the cops fault the theif jumped from a moving car and got away. But i am glad you got the point better than I did, def cop incompetence. ...more
By mightycolemack (15), Hampton Bays on Mar 29, 13 9:35 AM
Maybe he we turn up in the "Detectives Division temporary evidence closet " too! Stranger things have happened.
'Items Missing From Southampton Town Police Property Room Resurface" 3/27/13
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 29, 13 11:18 AM
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Maybe he will...
By OU812 (161), East Quogue on Mar 29, 13 11:18 AM
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STPD can't catch a cold it would seem.
By dnice (2336), Hampton Bays on Mar 30, 13 1:43 PM
Well done to catch this guy and tie in a previous charge.
By PBR (4862), Southampton on Apr 2, 13 8:49 AM
I'm betting Senor Garcia neglected to wipe the prints from his stolen prize before bailing. Any bets on his status?
By loading... (547), quiogue on Apr 2, 13 8:51 AM
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It does seem wasteful to have full-fledged cops at the abandoned Stony Brook Southampton campus. It must be a union thing as to why they are still there even though the dorms and most buildings are shuttered. But the Stony Brook police are armed and academy trained, so they can join a local pursuit.
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Apr 2, 13 9:22 AM
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I'm pretty sure they are also considered 'state police' as it is a state institution.
By The Royal 'We' (187), Southampton on Apr 2, 13 9:24 AM
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