A partially redacted May 17 police report gives a slim outline of a scam involving a package belonging to a Cobblers Court resident. Someone called her, she said, to say they were "working the case," and instructed her to withdraw $20,000 from her bank account to purchase "government gift cards." She did as told, but "was only able to purchase two Apple gift cards in the amount of $500, as that was the limit CVS authorized per day." Before going any further, however, it occurred to her that it all seemed strange. Police agreed and told her to cease contact with the caller.
East Hampton Village
Highlights of a quiet week included a report of "a dog appearing to be a pit bull" wandering on Newtown Lane without an owner at 9 p.m. on May 17. Police did not find it.
A noise complaint logged two hours later led an officer to the Capital One bank, where construction was being done in the darkness. It turned out that the bank had an overnight work permit.
On the morning of May 15, an officer noticed "WRD" scrawled in black marker on the front and back of two no-parking signs on Deforest Road. Similarly, on a stop sign elsewhere in the hamlet, "WORD" and "WRD" were found on either side. A Parks Department employee estimated cleanup at $200.
A Harrison Street homeowner reported on May 17 that the porcelain legs of a sink in her basement had been damaged sometime in the past few days. She also wanted police to know that a chair was missing from the basement, though she'd last seen it a year ago. Only coming-and-going HVAC workers were visible on security footage on the basement doors, she said, which do not lock. The workers would have told her about any damage, she assured police.
At 3:45 p.m. the next day, returning to her parked car on Bay Street, a woman found that "a wooden sign" in the back seat had apparently changed positions within the car. Police said she cited "ongoing issues with individuals in Nassau County."
To put a bow on a drama at Murf's Tavern last week, two troublemakers were served notice on the afternoon of May 19 that they were not permitted to return there.
The owner of NYC Choppers, a Bay Street motorcycle shop, reported a "discomforting incident" at SagTown Coffee on the afternoon of May 19. A month after claiming that a dissatisfied customer had told him, "I know where you get your coffee," he told police, someone made eye contact with him in the coffee shop before walking away and leaving.
Based on three calls to police last Thursday between 1:30 and 8 p.m., a Madison Street dispute continued between a couple and a neighbor. The couple, a man and a woman, had previously reported being pushed away and injured while trying to enter their house. Most recently, the man told police, he'd left a coffee cup on top of his car, and the neighbor grabbed it, shouting, "Now I have your DNA!" Later they said she was slamming doors upstairs, which an officer said was not a criminal matter. Police said the landlord is trying to get the woman out of her apartment, which is in the same building as the neighbors' place.
A driver traveling north on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike called police Sunday morning after a car tried to pass him on the left. In response, he said, he sped up, which he believed was the right thing to do, he told police, because they were entering a higher speed-limit area with a solid yellow line. The other driver passed him anyway and then allegedly braked hard right in front of him, causing irritation, though not injury.
A Sycamore Drive resident told police on April 20 that a charge for $7,576 on April 5, and then another for $1,261, and yet another on April 14 for $831, were not charges with which he was familiar.