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Southampton Police Reports For The Week Of June 30

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — Southampton Village Police were called to a Hill Street church on June 22 to see about a man found sleeping in the choir loft. Employees there were becoming frightened of the visitor, who police woke and ushered out.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — A Lewis Street resident called Southampton Village Police on June 23 to report someone throwing rocks into his pool. He heard the splashes shortly after having the pool cleaned.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — A dispute between two competing catering companies got physical and drew Southampton Village Police to Gin Beach on June 25. Staff at the first company saw a second company on the beach without a sticker. He tried to take a picture of the license plate and the operator grabbed him to prevent him from doing so. Police found the second company at Cryder Beach and gave them a ticket.

SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE — While arrests and reports of criminality were scarce this week, the Southampton Village Police blotter reports officers responding to 400 calls. They include 14 complaints of loud parties and six complaints of construction noise during prohibited times. Twice police were alerted to children left alone and locked in their cars. Five times they found wallets, cellphones or credit cards. They helped one resident change the batteries in her smoke alarms and responded to a total of 32 burglary or fire alarms accidentally set off. Eight parking complaints were listed. Drivers using cellphones led to the issuance of some two dozen tickets, with another 15 given out to speeding motorists. Police were called upon to assist a swan with a broken ankle, and on June 26 they were alerted to hair extensions that went missing on Wyandanch Lane. The extensions were located, and the blotter states, “There was no emergency.”

QUOGUE VILLAGE — Quogue Village Police were alerted to a case of felony identity theft this week. A resident told them that on June 10 she mailed checks, using the exterior box at the Post Office. On June 22 she was notified that a payment was late and subsequently learned checks had been stolen. It appears the culprit used a tool to extract the letters, washed the ink off the checks and made three of them out to “cash,” in the amounts of $13,282, $15,000, and $6,000. All her accounts have been frozen and funds returned while postal authorities investigate.

QUOGUE VILLAGE — A Midland Street victim contacted Quogue Village Police reporting that sometime between June 3 and 23 a $170,000 sapphire and diamond ring was stolen from the top of a dresser in her bedroom.

WESTHAMPTON BEACH VILLAGE — For the third time this month, Westhampton Beach Village Police arrested Peace Ofoego, 32, of Washington, D.C., and charged her with criminal trespass in the second degree, a misdemeanor. This last time she walked into a bedroom on Dune Road and was discovered by residents at 8:27 a.m., police said.

WESTHAMPTON BEACH VILLAGE — Maria D. Gutierrez-Monterey, 40, of Westhampton was charged on June 27 with four counts of grand larceny, a felony, and one count of petit larceny, a misdemeanor, following a months-long investigation by Westhampton Beach Village Police. She’s accused of entering village businesses and taking wallets or credit cards from employees, then using them at other stores nearby. Police are reminding store staff to make sure their belongings are secure while they are working. Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s criminal investigations unit at 631-702-1569.

HAMPTON BAYS — Southampton Town Police charged Michael Muesch Gambino, 31, of Hampton Bays with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, after they found him with a bicycle reported stolen earlier on June 25. The bike was taken from in front of a Montauk Highway deli.

BRIDGEHAMPTON — Someone stole a gray 2020 Range Rover from a driveway on Halsey Lane. The vehicle, parked with the keys in it and doors unlocked, Southampton Town Police said, was taken sometime during the overnight hours on June 24.

HAMPTON BAYS — Reporting a case of criminal mischief on June 26 was a man who told Southampton Town Police that he got into an argument over parking with someone near Lynn Avenue and Shinnecock Road, then went kayaking for an hour. When he returned, he discovered one of his vehicle’s tires was flat.

WESTHAMPTON — A Westhampton-Riverhead Road resident told Southampton Town Police of awakening to a loud noise on June 26. He saw three men trying to get into a garage. Unsuccessful, they left. A canvass of the area failed to produce the would-be burglars.

NORTH SEA — Southampton Town Police were contacted June 21 by staff at a Noyac Road marina with a report that someone broke the window on a boat docked there.

SPEONK — On June 22 Southampton Town Police received report of the theft of scrap metal from a Windmere Court location. Taken from the side of a building sometime between June 17 and 21, the scrap piping and wires has an estimated value of $3,000.

HAMPTON BAYS — A woman left her purse in an unlocked vehicle in a parking lot off Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays on June 23. Somebody stole the bag, she told Southampton Town Police.