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On the Police Logs

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 09:03


A cold case of a June bike theft on Napeague Harbor Road was closed on Sept. 9. The report was redacted, but it seems the story of Kathy Weiss's $375 mountain bike, left by the side of the road with a broken chain, has come to an end.

East Hampton 

At 7 a.m. on Sept. 9 a caller phoned police about a man she had met on Instagram, who said he had sent her a gift of "expensive shoes and bags." A few days later, someone claiming to work at J.F.K. Airport called her. The report was redacted at this point, but it did say she wired $1,500 to his bank account. Then came a call from another purported J.F.K. employee, saying he had opened the package and found "diamonds and gold." She "found this suspicious and stopped all communications." Police said the wire transfer did not go through, thanks to lack of funds, and she ultimately lost no money nor gave away any personal information. 

A resident of Springy Banks Road hired Luis Carrillo-Montesdeoca and some friends to drive his belongings out from the city last week, but complained angrily when they arrived, late Friday night, over how long it had taken them. After they unloaded everything and asked to be paid, Mr. Carrillo-Montesdeoca told police, he threw the money at them. He still owed them for the $750 U-Haul truck rental, but yelled at them to leave, pushed them off his deck, and allegedly threw a sledgehammer toward them. There were no injuries, but they called the police. When officers arrived he paid the $750. No charges were filed.  

East Hampton Village

Minding his own business, Yamir Hurtado was walking down Cedar Street near the Emergency Services Building on Sunday evening, when, he told police, out of nowhere, a person on a bicycle zipped past and bashed him in the face.

Kirna Zabete, the manager of a clothing store by the same name at 66 Newtown Lane, reported her $1,580 purse stolen from the premises on the afternoon of Sept. 8. She did not believe the thief had bought anything that day or at any time in the past.

Police responded to a report of a child tangled in a swing at 71 Newtown Lane on Friday afternoon. They found a big boy with his legs stuck in a baby swing and were able to get him out. 


A woman staying at 374 West Lake Drive reported her purse missing late on Sept. 6. She had gone to dinner with her boyfriend, she told police, leaving the purse in the bedroom, but it was gone when they returned. The boyfriend later found the empty purse on the ground near the entrance to the condominiums.

Department of stolen surfboards: A light-blue Hayden Shapes board was taken from the bed of Matthew Douglas's black Ford truck while he was having dinner Saturday at Tauk at Trail's End.

On the evening of Sept. 6, Andres Diaz Clavijo, a bartender and prep cook at the Montauk Lake Club, picked up a bag of food that had been left for him, but took a co-worker's bag by mistake instead. The other man became angry and began swearing at him. Several other employees pulled the two apart and police were called. Mr. Diaz Clavijo said he and the man had been arguing all day, and he was worried that things would get worse over the next few months, and scared. He asked for advice, and police said they would try to help. 

Sag Harbor

A boat captain was found on Sunday night with a large impact wound to the left side of his head. Video from the dockmaster showed that the boat had pulled away from the dock with a line still attached to a cleat. The line became taut and broke loose, hitting the captain in the head and breaking through the boat's front windshield, before landing 20 feet away in the water. The captain, who was found conscious and lying on the deck, was moved to Havens Beach and transported by Suffolk Police Department Helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.

A resident of Lighthouse Road reported hearing a loud crash in her backyard on the afternoon of Sept. 15. Police suggested it was the wind, which has been fierce this past week.

A Richards Drive man found a tree branch outside his property on Saturday afternoon, and after investigating its foliage decided that it did not come from any tree of his, so he wanted to report it. Police again cited blustery weather as the cause.

That night, one pane of a sliding glass basement door on Bluff Point Road was found broken. The homeowner estimated the damage at $1,000. The house is surrounded by water, and high winds might have blown something heavy against the door, police said.

Water Street Wines and Spirits reported a disgruntled customer on Sept. 16. An employee said a man who had been standing in line for a while to pay suddenly threw his purchase on the floor and left, perhaps because of the wait.

That same day, Sept. 16, a husband and wife were paddling back from Shelter Island when the wife complained of feeling tired. Her husband decided to keep going, with or without her, but called police when she was not waiting at Wharf Street. Marine One, Suffolk Aviation, Sag Harbor Ambulance, the Coast Guard, and East Hampton Marine Patrol all responded. His wife was found at a launch ramp near their home, uninjured.

On Friday night, a woman whom police often find in this situation was sitting on a Main Street bench with a gray hoodie pulled over her face, complaining she had missed the bus.

A resident of 425 Main Street called police at 9 p.m. Friday as a neighbor was conducting a workout class. A car was blasting music through an open door, and police requested it be turned down.


A woman called police around midnight on Sept. 4 from 395 Montauk Highway to say she had transferred $2,150 to the "owner" of a North Haven rental property. When she phoned him to say she was arriving, however, he quickly hung up and would take no further calls. When the woman knocked on the door, a man opened it and told her his house was not for rent, she had not been talking to him, and she had been scammed.


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