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Actor Is Caught in the Act

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 07:23

An actor with a small role in a movie being filmed in Montauk has spent the last five days behind bars, first in an East Hampton Town police holding cell, then in the Suffolk County jail in Riverside. The man, Gabriele A. Nevins of Milwaukie, Ore., 22, was arrested on felony criminal mischief charges early Saturday and has been unable to meet the $3,500 bail set for him in East Hampton Justice Court.

According to the police report, a bicyclist was standing near the Montauk train station at about 3:15 a.m. that day when he heard a crash. Looking across the parking lot at the station, he told police, he saw Mr. Nevins repeatedly striking the windows of a parked car with “a hard object.”

The witness biked over to the man and was told that the car was his own. He had smashed all but two of its windows. “The guy had blood on his hands from breaking the glass” the witness told police.

The charge of felony criminal mischief applies in cases involving $250 or more of property damage. The car’s actual owner estimated the cost of damage to be about $1,200.

Mr. Nevins would normally have been arraigned that morning, but when the time came in East Hampton Justice Court, he appeared too intoxicated and was taken to the cell at Wainscott headquarters instead, where he remained until Sunday. In court that morning, he said he was staying with a film crew at the Albatross Motel.

Sitting on the prisoner’s bench in handcuffs, he was overheard telling the man next to him that he had been drinking Jameson’s whiskey at the Point Bar and Grill Friday night when he blacked out. He could not remember how he got to the train station, he said.

A tall man, he got up several times to stretch as he waited for Justice Lisa R. Rana to begin the day’s arraignments. There was a long delay before he was called, caused, Justice Rana told him, by a study of his criminal record. He appeared to be wanted in California, she said, in connection with an alcohol-related vehicular arrest.

“I took care of that,” he told the court.

“You’ve got several failure-to-appear warrants in your record as well,” Justice Rana said.

Mr. Nevins said he was planning to move to New York to pursue his acting career, but did not yet have a place to live.

“Is there anybody you can call to make bail?”

He had made some calls, he said, and was surprised that no one had come to the courthouse.

Justice Rana then set the relatively high bail, “given that this is a felony and you have no ties to the community, as well as no certain home address.”

“Could I pay 30 percent?” Mr. Nevins asked, referring to the bail-versus-bond option.

“You seem to know your way around the legal system,” the justice observed. Mr. Nevins, who said the film he is in is about a man who has been released from prison, was picked up later that day by the sheriff’s department.

A large quantity of marijuana was found last Thursday morning concealed in an East Hampton man’s 1997 BMW, leading to a misdemeanor possession charge.

East Hampton Village police stopped Dennis T. Moore, 21, on Main Street for having heavily tinted windows. “A strong odor of marijuana was emanating from the vehicle,” police said, leading to a search, with Mr. Moore’s consent. The officer reported finding a sunglasses case containing 17 small packets of marijuana. Two ounces or more triggers the misdemeanor charge.

When a second officer arrived, he noticed “a strong odor of marijuana coming from under the hood.” Opening the hood, the officer discovered “a plastic magnetic Magna Vault box that contained two large bags of marijuana, a scale, and numerous plastic baggies.”

In addition to the charge of possession, Mr. Moore was hit with three violations, including the tinted windows. Police said he had $1,169 on his person when he was arrested. He was released from headquarters on $250 bail, and will be arraigned on June 4.

A Wayne, N.J., man was arrested in Sag Harbor Sunday morning on a petty larceny charge. Police there said that Paul A. Kelly, 52, had walked out of the Flying Point Surf Shop on Main Street with a gray North Face fleece jacket, valued at $150, without paying. He was picked up moments later, a few doors down Main Street from the shop, booked on the misdemeanor charge, and released on $100 bail. He will appear in Sag Harbor Justice Court on June 10.


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