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On the Police Logs 11.17.22

Thu, 11/17/2022 - 09:43

East Hampton

A man known to have stolen $13 worth of coffee and croissants from Damark’s Grocery in early October returned to the store on Oct. 7 to pay his debt, but began arguing with someone in the store and left without paying the $13. Bruce Damark, the owner, pressed a charge of trespass, and police warned the man that if he returned to the store again, he would be arrested.

Wilson Lligui of Oyster Shores Road reported an unfamiliar red vehicle in his driveway two weeks ago and a black Jeep parked in front of his house on the afternoon of Nov. 1. He told police he was concerned that criminals night be casing the house, and wanted the incidents on record.

Someone painted a “V” and a black line through the word “Airport” on a sign for East Hampton Town Airport sometime between Nov. 5 and 6. The airport manager, James Brundige, took a picture of the vandalized sign and filled out a criminal mischief complaint.

A woman was walking near the intersection of Long Ridge Lane and Stephen Hand’s Path early on the afternoon of Nov. 4 when a resident of the lane called police to say she seemed in need of help. The walker told an officer she was out on her normal walking route and had no idea why this would be a police matter.

A resident of Springs-Fireplace Road reported on Nov. 3 that a single pane of a 12-pane window had been broken from the outside and that a screen was ripped as well. Police suggested that a landscaping crew working there the day before might have accidentally done the damage while cleaning up leaves.

East Hampton Village

A fallen tree limb and a detached globe from a lamp post were blocking Mill Lane Saturday morning. Police removed the limb and notified the Public Works Department.

On Friday, it was a “Yield” sign at James and Dunemere Lanes that was on the ground, and the department was again called in.

A purple bike with two flat tires was lying by the side of the road near 38 Egypt Lane for a few days before a man called it in last Thursday. The bike was taken into police custody.

A 79-year-old East Hampton woman found an Android cellphone on Georgica Road last Thursday and turned it over to police. That same day, an 87-year-old man found an iPhone on Jackson Street near Springs-Fireplace Road; he too brought it in to headquarters.

Fire broke out in a broiler at the East Hampton Grill on the evening of Nov. 9 and was partially extinguished by an employee before firefighters showed up and finished the job.

A woman told police on Nov. 8 that the new license plates she had  ordered “might have ended up in a pile of garbage” and thrown out. She was provided with a form to replace the plates.

Also on Nov. 8, a woman reported that a man may have been following her from the long-term parking lot earlier that day. She wanted the incident recorded and requested extra patrols in Herrick Park during afternoon and evening hours.

A man with a dog was said to be “staring in the back door from the patio” of a Palomino Court house on the evening of Nov. 5. The homeowner told police he had “piercing eyes, a black mustache, spoke with an accent, and was shining a flashlight.” When the homeowner confronted the man, he explained he was looking for a different house on that street, and departed. Police contacted the owner of the house at that address, who said the man with the dog was from a moving company. 


Occupants of a black pickup truck were reportedly throwing plastic water bottles out its window and along Route 27 near the lighthouse on Halloween. Police found neither the truck nor any evidence of littering.

A Montauk man and a woman from Hoboken, N.J., were both ticketed last week for driving on the beach at Navy Road without a town beach driving permit.

M&T Bank notified Gordon Ryan on Nov. 9 that three checks had been issued and cashed fraudulently from his escrow account associated with the retail outlet A Little Bit of Everything, on the Plaza. Another fraudulent check was issued to the Libra Title Company in August. The bank account has been frozen and larceny and forgery complaints signed.


A Terry Trail resident told police on Nov. 5 that skeet shooters were using lead shot at a location between Mile Hill Road and Alewive Brook Road.

Sag Harbor

A Harbor Avenue woman complained on Nov. 7 that landscapers were cutting down trees and dumping them on her property. When she confronted them, she told police, they laughed at her. The landscapers denied it all, but told officers that they had cut down some trees that day.


Jean Tillinghast of Will Curl Highway called police for the second time in two weeks on Nov. 4 to say she had found a dead swan near her house. Police reported that the carcass was intact and appeared undamaged, but that its head was missing. The head could not be found, and no other dead or decapitated swans were discovered. The State Department of Environmental Conservation was notified.

Monica Jacome-Galarza reported on Oct. 23 that someone had entered her 2012 Chevy Traverse the day before and stolen a backpack containing her passport, her daughter’s Social Security card, her COVID vaccination card, her driver’s license, and a debit card.


An Esterbrook Road resident told police on Nov. 5 that someone had dumped a pile of cut-up tree limbs near her property on Halloween. Police suggested that the homeowner install a surveillance camera, and notified the Highway Department to remove the debris.


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