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On the Police Logs 06.30.22

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 10:26


A resident of Montauk Highway got a phone call last week telling him that an Apple MacBook had been ordered in his name. To cancel the order, he was told he’d have to download an app. The app gave control of his phone to the unknown caller, who proceeded to make two Zelle transfers of $476 and then $489 from his checking account.

Kenneth and Natalya Apfel of Indian Wells Highway walked into the police station in early June to report stolen jewelry. They suspected a worker from Fal-Ken Heating and Cooling, who had been in their house to service their air-conditioning. He seemed “nervous” while he was there, they told police, and a week later, Ms. Apfel found that some of her jewelry was missing. It had been in a closet right next to the temperature control panel where the man was working, she said. A call to the company brought news that the worker in question had been fired a few days after he was at the couple’s house. An investigation continues.

A fight broke out at the Mobil station on the night of June 22. Steven Amay Espana told police he’d been punched in the head after arguing with another man about money. The two men scuffled after the punch, and the only witness, an employee, told police he’d had to use the bathroom while it was happening. When he came back out, the suspect was leaving. Mr. Amay Espana indicated that he would press charges.

East Hampton

“A Hispanic man” wearing gym shorts and sneakers, who was walking along Peters Path on June 21 while looking at his phone, worried a resident of the street enough to call police with a report of a “suspicious person.” An officer spoke to the man, a resident of the block who was taking an evening walk down to the water.

East Hampton Village

A Pondview Lane resident called police on Friday to report a swimming pool draining directly into the road, another violation of village code. Police spoke with Mauricio Ortega-Miranda, who told them he was draining the pool to make repairs. He was handed a summons and told to be in Justice Court on July 11.


Leo Daunt of Daunt’s Albatross called police on June 20 to say that “two very drunk Irishmen were walking around the property and knocking on doors.” Nothing was damaged or stolen, but Mr. Daunt wanted to document the incident in case the pair showed up again.

Close to sunset on June 21, there was a brush fire at Rough Rider’s Landing, probably caused, firefighters said, by an unattended grill on the beach. By the time police arrived, the fire department had put the fire out.

Sag Harbor

A Palmer Terrace resident got a phone call on June 21 from a woman who said she was injured, and in Mexico. A minute or two later, a man took the phone, saying the woman would be fine, but only if $6,000 was sent. Then he hung up. The local man was distressed, because his girlfriend lives in Mexico, but he had the sense to check on her well-being. She was fine, and he called the police to document the scam.

An anonymous caller reported last Thursday night that a man was chugging vodka from a “champagne-colored” GMC on Division Street. Officers found the vehicle and the man, who didn’t want to give them any personal information, but showed them the jug from which he’d been drinking water.

A traffic control officer called for help on Friday afternoon, saying a woman had been injured after a motorcycle fell on her. She told the young T.C.O. she was trying to back out of a space when she realized a motorcycle was parked, illegally, right behind her car. She was “in a rush,” she told officers, and decided to try to move it by herself, but it fell on her. However, two witnesses denied her story. The bike did not fall on her, they said; she couldn’t hold it upright, and it fell — but away from her. After it fell, they said, she lay down next to it. Security cameras confirmed their stories. Nonetheless, the woman was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

David Kubot was heading out of the post office parking lot Friday as another man was coming in. The driver entering, later determined to be named “Gregory,” rolled down his window and yelled at Mr. Kubot, “Do you want to do this?” He then climbed out of his car, reached through Mr. Kubot’s window, grabbed him by the throat, and tried to slap him. The slap didn’t connect, and he parked and left. Officers went to the address listed on his registration, but no one was home.

Police responded to a strange scene at Goop on Saturday evening, where two men had caught fire. They reported that rubbing alcohol had been added to candles, causing a large explosion and flames. Police were able to apply ice packs, but one man, who had a large burn on his back and ears, had to be taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. The other, who had sustained facial burns, was transported by ambulance to Southampton Hospital.

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