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On the Police Logs 04.14.22

Thu, 04/14/2022 - 11:45

East Hampton

A homeowner on Blue Jay way called police on April 4 to follow up on his recent complaint about a tenant who’d refused to leave the house. It now appears that the person has left, taking, however, a lot of furniture with him. Eviction proceedings are underway, and police advise the resident to wait until they are complete. They will then go inside with him to take an accurate report of the missing items, so he can file a charge of larceny against the tenant.

Several small boats, apparently abandoned, washed up on April 5 at the Hampton Waters Property Owners Association beach off Three Mile Harbor. Antonia Kousoulas told police they were beyond repair and asked how to dispose of them, but was told they are the association’s responsibility, as they are on private property.

Michael Lucci was driving on Accabonac Road Friday when he encountered an empty white Jeep blocking the southbound lane. Police were able to find its driver, Ruben Gutierrez, who was working at a nearby residence. He’d parked the car in neutral with the emergency brake on, he told an officer, but it had somehow rolled into the road. He drove it back to his workplace, left it in gear, and went back to work.

East Hampton Village

Red graffiti appeared on the sidewalk near the Herrick Park tennis courts on the morning of April 4. It was not clear just what it said, but Mike Bouker of the Public Works Department estimated the cost to remove the lettering would be under $1,000. Photographs were taken and detectives are investigating.

Someone saw a man urinating just past the railroad station on the afternoon of April 6 and notified police, who could not find anyone fitting the description: “dirty workpants, a hat, and a blue jacket.”

A transformer exploded close to 88 Newtown Lane last Thursday morning, causing power to go out. PSEG-Long Island was notified and promised to show up by the afternoon.

A couple of landscaping trucks, parked along the shoulder of Georgica Road near the Jericho Road intersection, were issued summonses last Thursday for damaging the village-owned grass there. They were given parking tickets as well.

Michael Smith of Sag Harbor violated the village code on Friday by posting a sign in front of the Maidstone Hotel. Police returned the sign to Mr. Smith and wrote him a ticket.


A stranger in a hoodie knocked on Hali Barnett’s West Lake Drive door on April 5 and then left. She thought this was suspicious and called the police, who contacted the owner of the house, Dean Poupis. He told them that the tenant was behind on her rent, and that he’d sent a friend, the man in the hoodie, to collect. Police advised him to pursue eviction through the county sheriff’s office.

Last Thursday, an anonymous caller watched as a silver van, towing a trailer, illegally dumped a pile of brush, “about two yards’ worth,” in a parking lot off South Erie Street. The witness reported it to police, who notified the East Hampton Town Parks Department.

Sag Harbor

An employee of the Sag Harbor Pharmacy, who’d been given a car by her grandparents, was at work on April 6 when the grandparents showed up and, using a spare key, took the car back. She told police she needed the car because her child was ill, but a computer check showed that the vehicle was registered in her grandparents’ name. The young woman was told that it was not a criminal matter, and to call an ambulance if the child needed immediate care.

A Madison Street resident was the victim of identity theft recently. Last Thursday, he told police, he discovered that his name and identification had been used not only to buy and insure a 2020 Lexus from a dealership in Iowa, but two additional vehicles from dealerships in Georgia and Texas. The victim only became aware of the scam when he realized there were vehicles he knew nothing of, on his Geico insurance policy. He was able to provide police with copies of the D.M.V. records for documentation.

In another case of “I swear I parked here, but I parked there,” Patricia Maurides called police last Thursday night to say her car was missing from its parking spot on Long Wharf. She had the keys. Police quickly found the parked car on Main Street, awaiting her return.

Elaine Sayid was running late to an appointment at a client’s house on Friday when she got stuck in traffic due to the road work on 114. Rather than wait, she parked the car and walked to the client’s house. Upon leaving, though, she forgot where she’d parked, and walked to the police station for help. Officers found the car at the intersection of Hampton and Elizabeth Streets.

Sarah McCandless spent 45 minutes at the Sag Harbor Garden Center Saturday and returned to her car to find a decent amount of damage, as if another car had hit it. The store owner was able to pair each current customer with a car in the lot except one, who had just left. Police went to that man’s house and found him contemplating the damage to the front of his car. He acknowledged being at the garden center, but could not recall hitting another car. The damage to his vehicle, he told police, was new.

A Ninevah resident called police midday on Monday to report people sitting in a car at the dead end of the street. A man had pulled up in a moped, the caller said, and the “car people and the moped man were lighting something and passing it back and forth.” The substance they were sharing had “a strong odor.” Police found a vape pen at the scene, but by the time they arrived the car and the moped had left.


Near sunset on Friday, Holly Rilinger reported an erratic driver near her Laura’s Lane house. Police found the blue and white Mustang she described near the pavilion at Maidstone Park and let the driver know he’d been seen driving well over the speed limit. The man said he’d observe the limit going forward and was waved on.

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