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On the Police Logs 09.22.22

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 09:58

East Hampton

Scott Hildreth, project manager of a job site on Two Holes of Water Road, went to police last week to document the theft of a Hayward Pool Pump from the site in late August. The pumps were installed by a company owned by a Montauk resident, Steven Washburn, who thinks the theft happened on Aug. 29, a Sunday, when there’s usually no one at the site. The serial number was logged.

East Hampton Village

A fire broke out in the commercial complex at 66 Newtown Lane on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. An employee told police she was moving a large box of matches when “friction made them ignite.” She yelled “fire!” grabbed an extinguisher, and put out the flames.

Loud music, apparently coming from a golf course fairway by Maidstone Lane, brought police there on Saturday just before 11 p.m. A security guard said he’d tell the deejay to turn off the music.

Water was leaking from a Meadow Way house into a neighbor’s backyard last Thursday night. The 82-year-old neighbor called police, who contacted the owner of the house and determined the water was being pumped from a pool; the homeowner had no idea it was flooding his neighbor’s yard. The pump was turned off.

A village resident reported getting a bad check mailed to him last week by the would-be buyer of a 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle he’d listed on Police traced the return address to a local house, whose resident said this had happened to him before: His address had been compromised and used in similar situations. Police texted the check writer, who didn’t respond. Detectives are investigating.

A teenage bicyclist dropped an iPhone in the road near 66 Newtown Lane last week at around 7 p.m., and a car ran it over. The driver stopped to exchange phone numbers with the 15-year-old, but told his parents he wouldn’t pay for a new phone.

A seagull was reported disoriented and injured on the beach near 219 Lily Pond Lane on the night of Sept. 12. An officer spotted the bird walking east along the shoreline and contacted Riverhead Marine Wildlife. 

A motorcycle sped past the East Hampton Library on Sept. 12 at around 10:30 and eluded an officer who tried to pull it over. The cyclist outran the officer near Montauk Highway and Jericho Road.


Paul Cohen of North Massapequa and Coty Napolitano parked a 2018 Honda Civic in the lot at Shadmoor State Park Sunday and took a hike at around 6:30 p.m. They returned to find a smashed passenger-side window. Someone removed a plastic bag containing about $100 worth of unidentified items from his room at the Marram resort over the Labor Day weekend, Ismael Khoufaify of New York City reported last week.

Thieves hit a pop-up jewelry shop at Gurney’s Resort and Spa on Labor Day weekend. A woman grabbed a hat from a display, the shopowner told police, and tossed it to a friend seated on a couch nearby; the two then left the premises, hat in hand. The owner, Hayley Denman, said it was a cheap hat, but that not long after, one of the women had returned and dropped a $5,400 diamond butterfly necklace into her purse before fleeing. The women, who will be charged with grand larceny if found, were last seen getting into an Uber.

Police also released a few details of a July 31 disturbance at the restaurant at Gurney’s, in which two brothers assaulted security staff, inflicting cuts and bruises, said the restaurant manager, Jonathan Macioce. The fight started when security officers tried to physically remove one of the brothers from a fire-pit area; the other one  tried to stop them. No charges were filed, but a deejay was slapped during the melee. 

Gurney’s resort and marina on Star Island was the site of a July 26 theft of a $2,000 Lenovo Thinkpad. Madison O’Connor of Brooklyn left the laptop on a table in Room 207 that morning, only to discover it missing around noontime.  

Sag Harbor

An anonymous caller reported a Wharf Street fight between two women on Sunday night. One of them, police were told, was trying to get a phone number off the other one’s iPhone and wound up throwing the iPhone in the water, which led to hair pulling and a bloody nose. A man named Mark, who knew both women, stepped in to end the fight. Medical personnel arrived but were waved off.

“Zeldin for Governor” signs were removed from the front yards of two Sag Harbor houses on Saturday night.

A tree fell onto the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum on the morning of Sept. 13, damaging the siding and windows on the south side of the building.

A small black dog, whose collar identified her as “Lucky,” was at large on Long Wharf at around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. Police took the lucky dog back home to the WLNG building on Redwood Road, where she was reunited with her human.

Chris Keady, manager at the Bay Street Theater, asked police on the evening of Sept. 12 to remove several people who’d been drinking on the property. His own entreaties, on several occasions, hadn’t worked, he told an officer.


Manuel Vilar told police last week that someone had stolen children’s clothing and an electric John Deere toy from his house on Wainscott Northwest Road between Sept. 9 and Sept. 11. Multiple people had access to the house that weekend, he said, and police found no sign of forced entry.

Just up the block on the night of Sept. 7, John Murray found two strangers in his driveway. He approached the pair, who walked off, saying they must have been at the wrong house. Mr. Murray later discovered that several items, together worth about $50, had been removed from a 2007 Land Rover parked in the driveway. He locked all the car doors and signed a larceny complaint in the morning.

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