A wayward Apple cellphone prompted family drama on the morning of July 23. The phone was thought to have been lost, but surfaced instead in the possession of its owner's sister, who'd reportedly thrown it down and broken it. When her mother told her she'd have to reimburse her for the broken phone, the girl grabbed it and only handed it back to Mom upon threat of arrest. All parties were advised to steer clear of one another.
James Sheinman left Goldberg's Saturday morning in a 2023 Jeep he thought belonged to a friend of his, who'd loaned it to him, but the black vehicle he drove off in turned out to be someone else's. Police tracked it to an Abraham's Path address, where Mr. Sheinman told them he had no idea he'd driven off in the wrong vehicle. (The two Jeeps were the same make and model and had a similar paint job.) Police drove the Miami man back to Goldberg's, where he retrieved his friend's car.
A man in a late-model BMW was reported to be "touching himself" last Thursday at about 10:30 p.m. near a house on Two Mile Hollow Road. Police did not locate the car or its driver.
A roll-off container rolled off a Mickey's Carting truck flatbed and into a 2020 Ford parked on Newtown Lane on the morning of July 26. The car was damaged, and Mickey's indicated they'd pay to fix it.
Later that day, a woman who was said to be "tying plastic bags to village benches" left a "garbage-filled shopping cart" on a Gingerbread Lane sidewalk. Police canvassed the area but could not find her.
A local youth was scammed out of $1,600 on the afternoon of July 25 by a female fraudster who threatened to make his Instagram photos public. The youth sent the money via Zelle and then reported the incident to police, who told him to call his bank, block the Zelle user, and report her to Instagram.
A village resident left two checks in her Island Road mailbox for a UPS pickup on July 14, for $21.80 and $81.45, only to later learn from her bank that someone had changed the amounts to $12,300.50 and $8,500 and had forged her signature as well. The transactions were canceled.
On the morning of July 13, while Aubrey Lampkin was playing tennis at the East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club on Daniel's Hole Road, someone keyed the passenger-side door of her 2021 Volkswagen, leaving two gouges. Police are investigating.
Emad Boulis Mikheil of Queens, an Uber driver, was waiting for his fare in downtown Montauk Saturday night. When the man arrived, covered in sand and highly intoxicated, Mr. Mikheil refused to let him into his car, and got a punch in the face in return. Police arrived and warned the two to break it up; no charges were filed.
Pamela Sweeney of Aspen, Colo., reported her $500 white Tuesday Cruiser bicycle, bought a year ago at the Montauk Cycle Company, stolen from Ditch Plain parking lot on July 27.
Whoever spray-painted the word "remove" near a burlap fence early last month, and tried to move 10 fenceposts farther onto a Fairfield Drive property, damaging them in the process, could face a charge of criminal mischief if apprehended. The homeowner, James Stavola, told police, however, that he would not pursue the matter if the damaged posts are replaced.
There were three thefts in the village in recent days. A man reported his wallet stolen by Noyac Road and Walnut Street on July 26; a gold ring was stolen from an Oakland Avenue house on Saturday morning, and, also on Saturday, an e-bike was stolen from 4 Bay Street.
A construction barge was said to have destroyed Buoy 11 at the entrance to the Big Narrows on Saturday at 1 p.m., though the barge company denied culpability. Southampton Town maintenance was notified to replace the buoy.
Lora Tucker called police on the morning of July 25 after finding a broken glass door near her Brandywine Drive house and an arrow next to her driveway. Police said the incidents were likely unrelated.
Police responded to a third-hand report of a man committing a "possible act of masturbation" in the Apple Bank parking lot, after a woman's boyfriend's mother called it in on July 25. The girlfriend said she felt traumatized by the incident, and refused to speak with police.
Back on April 15, Bethany DellaPolla of East Hampton told police last week, she paid $174 to a woman then living in Wainscott for a ticket to see an Aug. 11 performance by Lady Gaga at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. A meet-and-greet with the artist was also discussed. Ms. DellaPolla never received the ticket, she told police, and believes the woman now lives in Illinois. She is pursuing the matter with law enforcement there but wanted it on record locally.