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On the Police Logs 05.19.22

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 09:53

East Hampton

A woman called police last Thursday to ask if they knew where to find a "male soul mate." An officer told her that police have no special knowledge about the location of soul mates and asked if she was okay, or felt the need to go to the hospital. She said no, she was healthy and in good spirits.

A mailbox thief hit Saddle Lane on Saturday night. Joyce McFadden reported her forest-green box stolen, along with its black metal post. A red plastic Solo cup was found in its place. Police drove around the neighborhood and noticed many mailboxes open. The one belonging to Richard Sloves, who lives next door to Ms. McFadden, had been stolen as well. 

East Hampton Village

On May 11, after several months had passed and an unknown car remained parked behind The Palm, an employee finally called police, who were unable to contact the owner. They advised The Palm to hire a private tow company to remove the car, as it was on private property.

Two men were standing on Newtown Lane last Thursday afternoon when a Chevy pulled over and the three young men inside yelled derogatory comments before driving away. The two men told police they had no knowledge of or relationship with the trio, and that it was entirely random.

An 86-year-old East Hampton man called police on Friday to complain he'd been charged too much to have his jacket hemmed. An officer spoke with the man and the business owner, and a price was settled upon.


Robin Psota spotted an erratic driver in a silver S.U.V. with a surfboard on top last Thursday afternoon and reported it to police, who caught up with the driver, Allison Wurthmann, in a parking lot across from the Albatross Motel. She told the officer she'd driven all the way from the Bronx and was late for a job interview. She was not intoxicated and had no prior record, so the officer told her to calm down and let her go.

Shad Norwalk entered the Harvest Friday night and asked for a job. Told that no jobs were available, he said he'd stay and have a few drinks, but after some time, employees said, he began harassing patrons. He was asked multiple times to leave. Police found him outside the restaurant, reportedly drunk. He said he was homeless and asked for a lift to the train station so he could leave town. The officers obliged.

Elmer Mesa, a maintenance worker at Rough Riders Landing, attempted to enter its storage room Sunday morning but the door was locked. He knocked, and a man opened the door and told Mr. Mesa he'd been surfing and had fallen asleep there. The man then grabbed his bags and walked off toward town. A search of the area failed to produce him, but nothing inside the room was damaged or stolen.

Sag Harbor

A volunteer who was hanging campaign signs on Jermain Avenue on May 12 called police to say he'd just seen a "wasted" man fall into a fence. Police found the man, who was highly intoxicated and had cuts on his face. He told them he had finished off "12 White Claw hard seltzers" and had just bought 12 more. Police took him to the hospital instead.

Last Thursday, just before sunset, police were called to Widow Gavits Road to assist Southampton Town police in removing a man who was "hanging from a tree." The police report did not say why, but there was no mention of anything dire. The officers were able to get him back on firm ground.

A woman named Zoe called a Harrison Street resident on Friday to talk to him about renting his house. He let her know he hadn't listed it for rent, and told her she must have been defrauded; that the rental agency she'd mentioned did not exist. She then sent him numerous emails she'd exchanged with a man named "Chris"; luckily, though, she had not sent Chris any money. The resident wanted to document the attempted scam with the police and forwarded the emails to them.

Norman Loftis couldn't make phone calls from his landline on Saturday, and so he called the police. They ascertained that his service had been cut off because he hadn't paid his bill, and connected him with Optimum.

David Berridge was sailing near the Breakwater Yacht Club on Sunday when his saw a boat ran aground. Officers arrived just after 6 p.m. and observed the uninjured sailor waiting for the tide to change so he could sail off.

Close to sundown that same evening, a loose and barking dog was menacing passersby, causing Jacqueline Goewey to call police, who found the dog, but no owner, on Jermain Avenue. A neighbor recognized the dog, called the owners, and took it in until they could get home.


Amanda Rienstra was enjoying her best friend's bachelorette party on Cedar Ridge Drive near midnight on Friday, when there was a knock at the door. A neighbor had heard the party and wanted to join. They let the unknown woman, middle-aged with "dirty blond hair," into the house. After about 30 minutes, they told police, she seemed to grow bored, and asked the younger women if they wanted to do some drugs with her. They did not, and asked her to leave, which she did, but reluctantly. She was gone by the time police arrived.

Correction: An earlier verison of this article contained an error. David Berridge did not call police to report that his boat had run aground in Sag Harbor, but rather to report that another boat had run aground. 

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