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On the Police Logs 09.15.22

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 15:25


Sharon Pearlman of Central Avenue reported on Sept. 6 that a No Parking sign in front of her recently purchased house had been vandalized with graffiti. The Highway Department will replace the sign.

Two months ago, Adrian Bartos told police that a painting worth $10,000 had been stolen from his late mother’s house at 75 Montauk Highway. The house was sold in May, and Mr. Bartos realized the painting was missing two months later. He and his family contacted a suspect, who appears from the police report to have the painting but refuses to return it. Mr. Bartos told police he would rather not press charges, and just wants the painting returned.

East Hampton Village

David Soto knocked on a stranger’s door on Three Mile Harbor Road Sunday night around 8:30, asking for a glass of water. Instead, he got a visit from police, and told them he didn’t know how he got there but “believes he woke up in the front yard.” Police determined Mr. Soto, 24, to have had too much to drink. He provided a local address and was driven home, where his grandmother said she would look after him.

A deer was swimming in the ocean somewhere near 55 Old Beach Lane Saturday night, prompting a wellness check. Police reported that the animal appeared to be in good health.

A wasp invasion in the village caused another buzz last Thursday when a man reported that his Dayton Lane neighbor had a hive of them, or of bees, in his front yard. A caretaker was contacted and said he would deal with it.

Police found a 2012 Jeep in a no-parking zone at the head of Main Beach on Sept. 6 just after midnight, with a 65-year-old man sleeping in the front seat and an “undomiciled” woman, 42, asleep in the sand. The man gave his address as Germantown in the Hudson Valley. They were issued warnings about beach camping and left the area.

On Aug. 26, Andrea Bernal-Yupa reported her 2014 Ford Explorer stolen from her driveway, where it had been parked with the keys in it. She later learned from her insurance company that it had been in an accident on the 25th. A woman who worked for her had permission to use the car, Ms. Bernal-Yupa told police, but the woman had let her girlfriend use it without her employer’s permission.


Joe Whelan of Benson Drive reported on Saturday night that a group of 10 or so kids were playing “ding dong ditch” at his house, a.k.a. “ring and run.” Mr. Whelan said it was an ongoing problem with the youths, who were nowhere to be found when an officer arrived.

Residents of Rough Riders Landing called police Saturday afternoon to complain that Morgan Neff was burning brush at a property near Duryea’s Lobster Deck, and the smoke was “very offensive.” Police found that Mr. Neff was indeed burning brush at 67 Mulford Avenue, but in compliance with town code requiring a firepit. No violations were issued. Mr. Neff was told that the neighbors were unhappy about the smoke and said he would monitor the fire.

 Austin Eckhardt was charged with trespassing Saturday after the Ditch Plain resident entered a property occupied by Ashley Cannady and didn’t leave, despite being warned to do so. 

Someone with a BB gun shot out the front window of Ralph’s Italian Ices on South Etna Avenue on Aug. 20, and also damaged the owner’s 2016 BMW, parked behind the shop. Surveillance tape is being reviewed.

Mehdi Chellaoui of Astoria parked his white Roadmaster bicycle in a fenced garbage area at the Naturally Good Cafe on Aug. 17, but it was gone when he returned. The next day, Mr. Chellaoui spotted the bike in front of Duryea’s employee housing at 83 South Euclid and retrieved it, only to discover that the thief had replaced his brakes with rusty ones, severed the gears, and changed the front handlebars, in an apparent effort to disguise the two-wheeler. Mr. Chellaoui said he would pursue larceny and criminal mischief charges if the thief is identified.

Sag Harbor

A woman and her service dog were refused service at Lulu Kitchen and Bar Sunday afternoon, and she complained to police that it was because of the dog. Employees said it was because the woman was “very rude and confrontational with the staff, and not because she had a service dog.” 

An elderly woman with diabetes passed out near 1 Bay Street on Saturday afternoon. She told police she couldn’t recall falling or passing out, and said her blood sugar might be low. It was, and she was transported to Southampton Stony Brook Hospital for evaluation.

Joe Badilla was walking to town early Saturday night when he came across the remains of a cremation, in a silver metal container, on the beach off John Street. There was a metal dogtag, too. Police traced the container back to Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Patterson, N.J, How it wound up in Sag Harbor remains a mystery.

Police set up a speed trap near the elementary school late Friday morning and ticketed one driver for going too fast in a school zone.

A woman was having what was described as a panic attack, with difficulty breathing, on Rector Street last Thursday, and told police and medical personnel that she was grieving the recent loss of a loved one. She calmed down eventually and declined medical care.

A Madison Street woman called police to come and close her front gate last Thursday after a neighbor came by to ask about her irrigation system and left the gate open upon departing. Officers said she “mumbled through a keyhole at the front door” as she asked them whether the system was broken. Police advised her to call the irrigation company, and closed the gate upon leaving. 

“Todd” was the only identity a man would give when police found him sleeping in the doorway of Stella and Ruby, a children’s clothing store on Main Street, last Thursday night. Todd, who said he had come from the city to look for work, was told he couldn’t sleep in the street.

Nick Dagostino played golf in Sag Harbor on Sept. 7 and was running errands to and from Southampton afterward, when, he told police, someone stole his golf clubs from his car. Southampton Town police were investigating.

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