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On the Police Logs 09.12.19

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:11


A ladder was stolen last month from the backyard of a house on Shoridge. Dana M. Vogel told police last Thursday that she kept it leaning against the house and last saw it on Aug. 20.

Jack Hassid, the president of the Amagansett East Homeowners Association, reported recently that a member of the association had removed a posted sign on the beach at Marine Boulevard, written a message on the back in permanent marker, and remounted it in a different location. Mr. Hassid became aware of the situation on Sept. 2. While the sign itself was not damaged, he told police, removing the message and remounting the sign in its original spot “would create a substantial inconvenience.” The woman at whom Mr. Hassid pointed the finger denied involvement, but said she has similar signs, which she has been storing in her basement for 15 years, and that she wished the homeowners association would come and get them. She agreed to take up any grievances with the association’s board, but not with Mr. Hassid.

East Hampton

Cash was taken in mid-August from two vehicles parked in a Three Mile Harbor Road driveway. Juan Guamannieves said $600 was taken from his work van, a 2003 Chevrolet, between 10 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 18. The money was in an envelope with a check, which, he said, was not taken. Tannya Placios, who was staying at the house on Aug. 23 and 24, said she heard the car alarm on her 2016 Toyota Rav4 sound at 4 a.m. She went outside and relocked the car. When Mr. Guamannieves was on his way out later that morning, he saw her pocketbook on the ground by the vehicle’s back tire. He brought it inside for her. She said she had not left it out there and found $40 missing from her wallet. They then called the police to report both incidents.

A Brooklyn woman paid $1,200 in early August to rent a house on Diane Drive, which she found on Craig’s List, from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. When Erica Vichnes arrived on Aug. 30, she found the house was already rented through a real estate company. She tried to contact the person who took her money, but received no reply to emails or calls.

East Hampton Village

A man called police on the afternoon of Sept. 3 to say it looked like a boat had released sewage into the water and was making its way toward shore near the Maidstone Club. The caller declined to stay to meet police. When an officer arrived, he found nothing out of the ordinary.

Police received a complaint last Thursday evening about a homeless person living long-term at the train station. The officer checked the area, but found no one and no sign of anyone living there.

Officer Matthew B. Kochanasz was flagged down on Georgica Road by Pudding Hill Lane Saturday evening by an 82-year-old woman whose Lexus had a flat tire. Her husband was sick and needed to get home and she said she could not wait for AAA to change the tire. Officer Kochanasz changed the tire and the woman was able to drive home in no time.


A woman renting a room on Fairview Avenue over Labor Day weekend reported her $2,500 Chanel wallet, which was on a chain, stolen. Sormeh Saei, who lives in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., said she had left the wallet in a duffle bag, covered by a beach towel, in her room. She had noticed that three other people staying at the same house seemed to take an interest in the blue wallet. She went to police on Sept. 4.       

Brigit C. O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., appears to have been scammed out of money for a two-day stay at a house on Pine Tree Drive last month. When she arrived to check in on Aug. 16, no one was there to meet her, though she had sent a $695 deposit on July 9. She had a remaining balance of $195. When she called the person she was corresponding with, no one phoned back or returned her emails.

An intoxicated pedestrian ran into the side of a 2019 Mini Cooper parked in front of the Shagwong Tavern on Friday evening. Jordan Rothstein of Rincon, Puerto Rico, the car owner, said the man had been asked to leave Shagwong just before the incident. Mr. Rothstein found some scratches on the car but declined to pursue criminal charges, though he did want the incident documented for insurance purposes. 

Fishing rods, reels, cash, and an ashtray were stolen Aug. 17 or 18 from a room at the Sail Inn on West Lake Drive. George Papadotos of Copiague and Michael W. Statam of Westhampton Beach went fishing on Aug. 17 at about 5 a.m. and left the room locked. When they returned, around 4:30 p.m., the door was unlocked. They did not think much of it, and went into Montauk for the night, returning around 2 or 3 a.m. When Mr. Papadotos woke up around 8 a.m., he noticed that his fishing rods, which were being stored behind the entry, were missing. He then discovered other items, including his rainbow trout ashtray, were gone as well.

Sag Harbor Village

When Sara Dionazio arrived to work at Sunny, a store on Main Street, on Sept. 3, she found shoes, a wallet, a lighter, and cigarettes in the back storage room. A shirt in the store appeared to have some kind of bodily fluid on it; she threw it away. Police said there were no signs of forced entry. Two days later, a man went to police about a lost wallet, which turned out to be the one found at the store. No charges were filed.

A woman spewed a racial slur at a 14-year-old boy at the Sag Harbor Launderette on the evening of Sept. 3. An employee said she became angry when she was told no more laundry could be done that evening due to the time. She left before police were called.

Two jet skis were impounded on Sept. 3, having been left on the transient dock since Aug. 30. The village harbormaster had them moved to the dinghy docks on Aug. 31, but then impounded them to Ship Ashore Marina on Redwood Road. The owner, who said he left them there because they were “disabled,” has been informed.

A man charged about $4,600 in alcohol on two credit card purchases from the Sag Harbor Liquor Store on Aug. 24, and on Sept. 4, when American Express informed the store that the charges were being disputed. Hillary M. Schmitz, an owner, filed a police report. She said a customer called John, from New Jersey, called in two orders and had his cousin pick them up and sign for them. The first order was for $2,261.40, and the second was for $2,320. Both were charged to the same card.

Wilson Muevecela discovered the windshield on his 2015 Dodge was cracked, possibly with a rock, while it was parked on Rysam Street on the evening of Sept. 4. He said he was working at Page restaurant on Main Street, and when he returned to his car at about 11 p.m., he noticed the damage.

Beverly Granger was awakened by the sound of strong winds and metallic noises last Thursday around 2:30 a.m. She found that the collapsible canopy on her back porch had blown into the neighbor’s house on Soundview Drive, breaking two windows. In the morning she called a handyman, who covered the windows with plastic to avoid any water damage. Police were going to contact the homeowners.

A tree on a neighbor’s property on Lincoln Street was of concern to Vanessa Eggleston ahead of Friday’s storm. She called PSEG-Long Island to say the tree was leaning on wires and she was afraid it would cause a power outage. When PSEG said there was nothing they could do, she called police, who were able to contact the homeowner, who said he would have a relative come by and take care of the tree.


When Rick King’s neighbors on 19th Street played loud music and were yelling on Sunday at about 9 p.m., he told police he blasted an air horn and yelled back, out of frustration. His neighbor, Juan Cellevados, said Mr. King had a baseball bat and yelled at them about being from “a third-world country.” Mr. Cellevados did not want to press charges. The officer told Mr. King to contact police or code enforcement in the future.

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