With the onset of warmer weather, once again comes news of rental scams on the South Fork. After corresponding over Craigslist with the supposed owner of 707 Old Montauk Highway, and paying $3,360 in rent, a woman headed to the address on the agreed-upon lease date. According to the April 18 report, she knocked on the door and was greeted by the actual owner, who had not listed her place anywhere. Police advised the victim to contact her bank.
Adam Potter, a founder of Friends of Bay Street and the new owner of the Water Street Shops on Long Island Avenue, called police on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to say he did not want the store's former management moving anything left behind, which, Mr. Potter said, should be "considered abandoned." Police investigated, and informed Mr. Potter that the workers moving things had been hired by 7-Eleven and were entitled to clear out the items within seven days, though they said they could complete the job in two.
On Saturday afternoon, Bay Street Theater called police about two protesters blocking the theater's entrance. When police arrived, the two, with cardboard signs and a megaphone, were standing across the street on village property.
Back at the 7-Eleven on Saturday evening, three juveniles on West Water Street were seen throwing milk cartons at the store. An officer caught up to the youths, one of whom reportedly said, "Sorry, it was stupid." A few hours later, clearly enjoying 7-Eleven's clean-out more than its new management was, four kids were seen climbing into a nearby Dumpster and throwing things around. They ran away when police arrived.
On the afternoon of April 26, a woman parking her car on Main Street called police after a man who was parking behind her tapped her bumper. There was no damage, but she said that the man, who left before police arrived, was hostile and refused to speak with her about the incident.
The next evening, someone on Burke Street who had a bone to pick with Cavaniola’s Gourmet Kitchen caused the store owner to call police after the man yelled, among other things, "I will ruin you!"
Someone called the police on April 27 to complain about a man playing guitar on a Main Street bench. An officer informed him of the village's noise ordinance.
Village police on Friday impounded a blue Nissan that had been parked for several weeks on Main Street without a valid registration. Voice-mail messages left with the phone number on the dashboard were not returned, leading to the confiscation.
A resident of Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road has reported the theft of $38,500 worth of coins, including a box of 500 silver Canadian coins, three encased gold coins, and one sleeve of five gold coins. The report, filed on April 6 and released with redactions, noted that the complainant left the house he shared with his former partner following an altercation and stayed in an out-of-town hotel, but returned to an empty house and an empty cabinet in the pantry where the coins had been kept. The man said he thinks the former partner took them. He told police he only wants the coins returned, but his ex refuses to respond to his pleas.