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On the Police Logs 11.16.23

Thu, 11/16/2023 - 10:44


Liza Gattegno’s dog was barking incessantly, she told police on Nov. 6, when noises were heard across from her house on Winding Way shortly after 10 p.m. Police checked the area, but found nothing wrong.

Maria Dorr, principal of the Amagansett School, was reviewing surveillance camera footage on the morning of Nov. 4 and spotted a trespasser scribbling graffiti in the playground two days earlier. The words “Mawla Hisham Kibbani” were written in black marker, described in the police report as “Hindi/Bengali” letters. The culprit had a “medium to heavy build” and was wearing a dark, hooded coat and light-colored sweatpants with reflective lettering on the side.

That night, two men from Riverhead, ages 46 and 35, were ticketed for having open bottles of beer in public at the Terry King ball field on Abraham’s Path.


East Hampton

Tipped off by American Express calling to confirm her purchase of “several high-priced items” on Nov. 7, Jane Ross of East Hampton realized her wallet had been missing since she visited the recycling center earlier that day. The Amex check turned up fraudulent charges at Christian Louboutin, Gucci, and other upmarket stores.

The next morning, a bus driver preparing to get on the road behind Town Hall called police when she “observed a bright flash” and heard what sounded like an explosion. Police investigated, but didn’t find anything concerning.

Lazaro Bairon’s 2014 Hyundai took damage from a large tree limb that fell from a construction site on Middle Highway on the afternoon of Nov. 8. The owner of the construction company agreed to pay for the damage.


East Hampton Village

Police got a call about “two subjects performing lewd acts in a white Nissan Rogue” at Main Beach last Thursday night. Officers found just one person in the car, a woman who said she’d been watching a movie on her phone.



On Nov. 1, a Philadelphia man was asleep on his 31-foot Irwin sailboat when it ran aground in Turtle Cove. He told police he’d just bought the boat for $2,300 on eBay, picked it up in Connecticut, sailed for 14 hours, and attempted to anchor overnight. He was ticketed for two marine law violations and got stuck with a $12,500 towing bill because the boat had neither insurance nor a towing membership. He told police he “was unaware there is a harbor in Montauk that could have provided safe anchorage.”

Another brand-new boat owner, Dehuo Liu of Brooklyn, encountered “whitecapping sea conditions and 15-to-20-knot winds” late last Thursday night, preventing him from being able to safely pilot the 22-foot Grady White Seafarer craft he’d bought earlier in the day. “Three total souls” were aboard, police reported, all wearing life jackets and none with injuries. They made an emergency tie-up at the Rough Riders Landing dock and were towed back to Montauk Harbor on Friday.

On Saturday night, Lou Cortese of Deforest Road called the police after seeing and hearing five teenagers — a girl and four boys — knock on his door and run away.



Someone disposed of a vacuum cleaner in front of Stephanie Baloghy’s house on Harrison Avenue, prompting a call to police on Nov. 6. An officer picked it up and took it to the dump.

Nan French heard something that sounded like “gunshots or fireworks” around 10 p.m. on Nov. 7. Police canvassed the area and found nothing amiss.

Katie Ippolito of Briarcroft Drive called 911 on Sunday morning after an attempt to build a fire in the fireplace filled her house with heavy smoke. Firefighters extinguished what appeared to be a chimney fire.

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