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On the Police Logs

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 08:57


Two harbormasters patrolling near the Devon Yacht Club were called to investigate a possible boat fire on Saturday evening. The boat's owner told them that his engines "just smoke a lot." The harbormasters inspected the boat just to be sure, and everything checked out.

Two people called police on Sept. 21 after a worker at a house on  Fresh Pond Road unloaded firewood, brush, wooden fence posts, "and other objects" near their properties. The worker told police he'd been instructed to do so by his employer, who'd also told him to build a fence at the property line. The officer advised him to call the East Hampton Town Building Department before erecting the fence to make sure it is done according to code.

A cash reward is being offered for tips that lead to the recovery of a motorcycle that was stolen from an Amagansett road in August. The motorcycle, a green-and-black 2021 Kawasaki Enduro, was last seen at around 10 a.m. on Aug. 20, parked on Bunker Hill Road. East Hampton Town police believe the thief was driving a white Sprinter van. All tips are kept anonymous. They can be called in to Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS; reported online at, or sent via a mobile app called P3 Tips. 

East Hampton

Scammers recently ripped off an East Hampton woman who was selling a bathroom vanity unit on the Facebook group Bonac Yard Sale. The woman, 49, told police she'd received and deposited a check for $1,600 from a buyer in North Carolina. The check later turned out to be fake. The transaction was ultimately canceled, but not before the woman sent the seller a "refund" in the form of two $800 money orders, at which point she realized she was a victim of fraud and contacted police. The incident, considered grand larceny, is still under investigation.

East Hampton Village

A 52-year-old woman called police on the morning of Sept. 20 after seeing "a foot" hanging out of the trunk of a car on Lily Pond Lane. An officer determined it was a fake foot "being used as a prop."

Earlier that day, officers who responded to a report of criminal mischief at the Herrick Park bathrooms were seeing red — literally. Overnight, someone had splattered the walls, toilets, and floors with red dye that resembled drops and streaks of blood. The village employee assigned to clean up the mess said it was "very difficult to remove." Outside the bathroom, the same red dye had been used to write illegible letters on the sidewalk near the tennis courts. The incident remains under investigation.


Police performed liquor license checks over the weekend at three restaurants, Salivar's, Lynn's Hula Hut, and Montauk Downs. All their licenses were found to be valid and no violations were recorded.

On Sept. 20, a 68-year-old man sleeping on a boat docked at Land's End Marina reported being woken up by his barking dog, who had detected a prowler outside the cabin. The man told police he saw someone jump off the boat and run away. Nearby, officers caught up with the intruder, a 28-year-old Massapequa man who'd drunk too much at a wedding and couldn't find his way back to where he was staying. Police called a taxi to take him there.

Northwest Harbor

A lone chair on the curb with a "free" sign attached to it was reason enough for a Bull Path resident to call police on Sept. 14 to report illegal dumping. The chair turned out to be part of a matching set, the rest of which had been picked up by passers-by. The chair's owner told an officer he would take it away from the curb by the end of the day.

Sag Harbor

It was not a good week for the public bathrooms on Bay Street. Last Thursday night, a woman attempting to use the ladies' room contacted police to report that "a large quantity of what appears to be barbecue sauce" had been smeared all over the walls and toilet seats. Public Works was called in for cleanup. And, by Sunday afternoon, a well-attended, weekend-long music festival may have proved too much for the loos to handle, because water was seen overflowing from the fixtures. The public works crew had to clean up once again.

Also last Thursday, an employee of the Watchcase Factory condominiums noticed graffiti on a metal planter facing Church Street. The letters "WOK" had been scrawled in black spray paint.

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