A Church Street address written on a discarded piece of paper was the clue that solved a case of littering on Will Curl Highway on Oct. 12. An 81-year-old woman living on that block called police to report that someone had dumped trash in front of her house. When officers contacted the man living at the Church Street house, he apologized and said one of his friends had dumped trash out of his car. He came in person to clean up the mess, and no charges were filed.
Church Street was in the police logs again on Saturday night, when a male resident called police to report that “a highly intoxicated” person had knocked on his door to bum a cigarette. Minutes later, according to police, the drunken man’s friend tried to escort him off the property and into a dark-colored S.U.V., but the two friends then got into a fight in the street. By the time officers arrived, the vehicle was gone.
East Hampton Village
An 81-year-old resident of Meadow Way reported on Oct. 13 that a tree on his property line had been chopped down without his knowledge or permission. Police referred the matter to code enforcement.
Early Saturday morning, police pulled over a suspected drunken driver in a white Dodge sedan that had been seen speeding through the village. Police followed and stopped the car on Springs-Fireplace Road. The driver, a 21-year-old Riverhead man, told police he was “late to work and may have been driving a little fast.”
A Gainsboro Court resident contacted police last Friday morning after spotting a white pickup truck in her driveway that she did not recognize. Before an officer could respond, however, she called back to say the truck belonged to a swimming pool maintenance company, which was there to do some work at her house.
On Sunday afternoon, four town police officers and a state parks officer responded to a report of suspicious-looking plastic bottles on the ground, near a bench at the upper parking lot of the Montauk Lighthouse. The caller thought they might contain an explosive substance. It turned out to be urine in Poland Spring bottles.
Another report of a suspicious item, this time a backpack lying on a bench in Marine Park, also came in on Sunday afternoon. It was a less odious discovery: it turned out to belong to a local boy, whom police were able to contact. He came to headquarters to pick it up.
A Sunset Drive woman watching a YouTube video late last Thursday night contacted police when she recognized in the comments the name of a relative of Brian Laundrie, a “person of interest” in the death of Gabby Petito of Blue Point, who was killed by strangulation in Wyoming in August. There is a federal warrant out for Mr. Laundrie. The YouTube commenter reportedly said Mr. Laundrie was hiding out at his grandmother’s house in Sag Harbor. According to a police report, officers from Southampton Town had received the same tip and had already investigated it.
Village police picked up a black sundress that was left outside the Flying Point Surf Shop after the store closed on Oct. 12 and returned it to the store the next afternoon.