An online fund-raiser for an East Hampton man was discovered to be fake this week, and was taken down, though not before several local people donated money, thinking the man was ill and needed help. He is fine, as it turns out, but his Facebook account was hacked. A police report was filed on Monday.
On the afternoon of Sept. 8, an employee at Damark's Market was watching a security camera when he saw a man put a sandwich in his pocket and head toward the door. Thinking he was witnessing a shoplifter, he called the police. It turned out to be a misunderstanding when the man paid for the sandwich -- plus several other items. His hands were full, he told police, so he put his lunch in his pocket before taking it up to the register.
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Concerned for the safety of the ducks and fish at Hook Pond, a 29-year-old East Hampton woman called police to report a man fishing there on the afternoon of Sept. 8. The danger to the fish, at least, was warranted, because fishing there is legal, police told the caller.
It all started when two men bumped into each other at Liars' Saloon late Friday night. One confronted the other, which led to a brief fistfight, and police were summoned around midnight. The man who threw the first punches was asked to leave and complied. The other man, a 41-year-old resident of Glenford, N.Y., who sustained minor injuries, told police he did not wish to press charges.
No information was publicly available this week about an "explosion" that was heard on Sunday at around 9:30 p.m. in the vicinity of 324 West Lake Drive. "It's an active, ongoing investigation," said Detective Sgt. Daniel Toia of the town police.
A thief made away with multiple bicycles from the front yard of a Surfside Avenue house on the evening of Sept. 4, after their owner threw a big party. The white bicycles had brown seats, black cages on the back, and the words "Ryde Montauk" written on the frame. Neighbors and businesses told police they would keep an eye out for the bikes.
Send up the bat signal: A young man visiting Sag Harbor reported losing his wallet, which bears the "Batman" logo, at around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. during Harbor Fest. The wallet contained cash, credit cards, a driver's license, and a vaccine ID card. Police promised to call the man if it turns up.
On the afternoon of Sept. 8, an unruly, drunken guest at Le Bilboquet was asked to leave the bar. He did so, but a restaurant employee saw him driving away from Long Wharf. The alarmed employee then contacted the police, saying to watch for a black Ford suburban, but no vehicle matching that description was found.
Four intoxicated men between the ages of 32 and 47 were ticketed at the gas station on Hampton Street for drinking from open beer cans, littering, and causing a disturbance, all violations. According to a police report, the men were so drunk that they couldn't speak clearly enough for officers to understand them, so they were taken to headquarters, where a Southampton Town officer acted as interpreter. All four men are due in Sag Harbor Justice Court on Friday, Sept. 24.
A 71-year-old resident of Jefferson Street accidentally mixed chlorine and ammonia while cleaning her basement steps on the evening of Sept. 6. She called police when the odors got too much for her, but there was nothing they could do to help.
A woman reported her kayak, a 12-foot, green-and-white Ocean Malibu, stolen from Maidstone Beach on Saturday around 5 p.m. Police said there was a good chance it had simply washed away.
Police have received at least nine calls over the last three weeks about incidents at Gerard Drive beach. Catching an undersize fluke landed a New York City man a ticket on Aug. 30, and two East Hampton men were caught fishing without a license on Sept. 1. On Sept. 3, an anonymous caller reported someone was launching a boat from a prohibited area, but police found the tire tracks not in the beach grass but at the access ramp. Another local man was ticketed for unlicensed fishing on Sept. 6, and two others received summonses for beach driving without the appropriate permit.