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Police Reports For Week Of January 20

WESTHAMPTON BEACH VILLAGE — Westhampton Beach Village Police got a call regarding an assault on Old Riverhead Road and Montauk Highway in Westhampton at 10:09 p.m. on January 15. The victim was stabbed and robbed, but couldn’t say where the robbery occurred. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and Village Police are investigating in conjunction with Southampton Town Police.

SAG HARBOR — Two residents reported to Sag Harbor Village Police this week that their vehicles had been broken into overnight and credit cards stolen, used at Home Depot locations farther west on Long Island. On January 10, a Hillside Drive East resident was notified by his credit card company that over $2,000 had been charged to his credit cards at a handful of Home Depot locations. The cards used were taken from his unlocked vehicle overnight. The same day, a Beach Avenue resident reported that his credit card company notified him over $450 in charges were made at a Home Depot with one of his credit cards, also left in an unlocked car between January 9 and January 10.

SAG HARBOR — Village Police were alerted to a potentially intoxicated driver sitting in a black Audi on Main Street on January 11 around 8 p.m. According to the incident report, police spoke to another man standing outside the vehicle, who said he was the registered owner but that he had brought the intoxicated man out to the car while he finished his meal and paid the check. Police asked the man be removed from the driver’s seat and a female companion agreed to drive both men home.

SAG HARBOR — A Hillside Drive East resident contacted Sag Harbor Village Police on January 12 to report a man unknown to him was seen on his security cameras checking to see if his front door was locked — it was — and peering into the home’s windows. The man has shared footage with Village Police.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — Southampton Village Police were called to a Hampton Road locale, responding to a complaint of illegal dumping. At 10 a.m., a resident told them two men in a flatbed truck and one man in a van left a large, empty wooden crate in a parking lot and drove off. Several hours later, the blue van came back and the crate was removed.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — A First Neck Lane resident called Southampton Village Police on January 14 after his Nest camera picked up a person in his backyard “relieving himself.” He believed it was a landscaper working on property next door. The neighbor said she did have landscapers working, but didn’t recognize any of the men captured by the camera. The workers were gone when police arrived.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — Staff at Rite Aid contacted Southampton Village Police on January 15 after a customer walked out of the store without paying for merchandise. Police located the pilferer at the nearby bus stop and brought him back to the store where he returned the four bottles of lotion he took. Store staff declined to press charges, but wanted to make sure the man wouldn’t return.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — Southampton Village Police responded to a location on Meadow Lane on January 16 after getting a fire alarm complaint. When the responding officer couldn’t get the security code at the gate to work, he scaled the fence to see what was happening at the home. The officer found water cascading down a portion of the house where a pipe had burst. Volunteers from the Southampton Fire Department arrived on the scene and were able to shut the water off.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — Southampton Village Police were called to a County Road 39 location, “in reference to the unauthorized feeding of cats,” according to the police blotter. A pet owner complained because he wanted his neighbors to stop interacting with his cats. The responding officer alerted them to the request.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — A Southampton Village Police Officer on patrol January 17 found a red Toyota Camry blocking Hampton Road. It had two flat tires and miscellaneous trash inside. A computer check revealed it was a vehicle reported stolen out of Suffolk County Police jurisdiction. Locals had it towed to the village impound.

FLANDERS — Southampton Town Police reported the arrest of a suspected car thief on January 11. Walter A. Juarez Nunez, 26, of Hampton Bays faces charges including felony fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and third degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Police received a report of a 2000 Dodge caravan stolen from a business in Flanders at approximately 3:24 p.m. on January 11. They learned that items had been stolen from other vehicles in the area. The van was located on Montauk Highway in Shinnecock Hills less than two hours later and police say Nunez was behind the wheel.

WESTHAMPTON — A victim told Southampton Town Police on January 12 that he left his phone charger at his job on Westhampton Riverhead Road and went to retrieve it. He heard a noise while he was inside and looking outside, saw a man going through vehicles parked at the site. When he came out to his own car, he discovered a tote bag and shoes had been taken.

HAMPTON BAYS — Matthew Maffia, 43, of Hampton Bays was arrested for petit larceny on Saturday, January 15. He’d been seen taking Ring cameras from a residence, Southampton Town Police say. When they tried to arrest him, he fled on foot, but was apprehended and charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest.

SPEONK — Southampton Town Police responded to a trespassing complaint at a Montauk Highway gym. It seems that on January 13 a man walked in, right past the front desk, and started using equipment in the weight room. He wasn’t a member.

TUCKAHOE — On Sunday, January 16, a victim told Southampton Town Police that he was at the Atlantic Motel with a woman he had recently met on Tinder with the only known alias of “Frenchy.” Despite the subject not looking like any of her Tinder pictures, the victim still let her into the room. While he was exiting the restroom he observed Frenchy go into his wallet taking approximately $200 cash. He yelled for her to stop, but due to him only having one leg he was unable to stop her before she leapt out the window and drove off. Frenchy was described as a white female, dark hair with several missing teeth and an apparent drug user, driving a black Mercedes possibly from the Central Islip area.

SHINNECOCK — A Little Neck Road resident left her $150 purse containing four credit cards, $1,000 in cash, a check for $1,662.78 and prescription medication in her unlocked car overnight in a residential driveway. Somebody took it. Southampton Town Police are investigating the complaint made Monday, January 17.SPEONK — Southampton Town Police reported the thefts of two vehicles from their jurisdiction this week. On Monday, January 17, a victim reported that the previous night someone cut the lock on a perimeter gate, then cut a chain to an impound yard on Phillips Avenue and took a vehicle. Police provided no description of the stolen auto. The same day, a victim told police she’d pulled up at a gas station on County Road 39 in Southampton, and left her keys in the car when she went inside to pay. While she was there, she saw a man get into her car and drive off.

SPEONK — Michael Pearl, 28, of Middle Island was charged with third degree burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies, on Sunday, January 16. Southampton Town Police say he broke into a business on Speonk Riverhead Road by cutting the hinges on a metal door to gain entry.

WATER MILL — A worker told Southampton Town Police that when he arrived at his job on Hayground Road on January 14, he noticed several tools he’d left out were missing. Further check revealed locks on a trailer had been cut and tools taken from within.

HAMPTON BAYS — A woman on Arbor Court told Southampton Town Police that she received a warning message on her computer, telling her she’d been hacked on January 14. She was to call a phone number to have it resolved. She was told to get four $100 Xbox gift cards and read the numbers to the caller to disable the fire wall. Then, the scammer wanted another 10 $100 cards to install a new firewall. She followed the directions and is out $1,400.

<2 Police Text>EAST HAMPTON — A Hands Creek Road resident called East Hampton Town Police on Christmas Eve around 1:30 p.m. after a man driving a white Dodge Ram, dressed as Santa Claus, came to their house without permission. According to the police report, another resident allowed the man to enter the home before his partner came to the front door and the three had an interaction in which the man gave an unknown item to the family. After he left, the resident called police and said he does not want to press charges but does ask the man to stay away from his family.

MONTAUK — Four street signs were pulled from the ground on West Lake Drive and Star Island Drive, according to a police report filed by town officials on New Year’s Day. The posts were not damaged, but the caps for the signs were, to the tune of $100.

EAST HAMPTON — A Three Mile Harbor Road store owner contacted Town Police on January 12 to report that someone took two bottles of Wölffer rose cider and two packages of David’s cookies on two different occasions from his store. Police were able to locate the individual through footage that showed the 2006 BMW he was driving. The store owner said he would decline charges provided the person made restitution, which he agreed to do after police contacted him by phone.

SPRINGS — On January 13, a Renees Way resident called East Hampton Town Police to report she was the victim of identity theft. According to the police report, the woman shared a lot of personal information, including her Social Security number and driver’s license ID, with someone via Facebook messenger, believing she was applying for a “Community Block Grant.” She contacted police after realizing it was likely a scam. Police advised her to contact credit bureaus and file a report with federal officials as well.

MONTAUK — A Wills Point Road, Montauk resident called Town Police on January 13 to report that her purse was taken from her front seat while her car was parked at the Montauk Dog Park between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m.

EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE — Village Police responded to a Lee Avenue home on Saturday, January 15, at 8:13 a.m. after observing a small burn pile of construction debris near a pool house that is under renovation. Police advised contractors that it was against village code to burn material near a building and the fire was extinguished.

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