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On the Police Logs 01.12.23

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 10:46

East Hampton Village

Last Thursday afternoon, an officer spotted the telltale signs that a car had been doing donuts on a grass field near the Georgica Beach parking lot at 219 Lily Pond Lane. There was no sign of the car or its driver.

A Dumpster fire was reported at the East Hampton Market on Race Lane on the evening of Jan. 3. Firefighters found “billowing smoke” emerging from the trash container, and deployed a fire extinguisher to extinguish the blaze.


A “tall white male” was asking patrons at the post office Saturday afternoon if they’d give him some money so he could “restore a broken flagpole,” and someone called in a report of peddling. By the time police arrived, the man had departed.

After an 18-foot Checkmate boat hull was spotted on the beach at Shadmoor State Park last Thursday morning, police were asked to investigate “a disabled vessel.” The hull, which “appeared to be submerged for a long period of time” a town harbormaster reported, had no discernible identifying markings. It was in the jurisdiction of the State Parks police, who were contacted to deal with it.

Sag Harbor

After an unhappy customer took to Yelp to complain about the service they’d received at the Happy Feet massage parlor, the business reached out to the customer to try to address their concerns. That led to the customer acting in a “threatening manner,” according to the owner of the business, Yixian Wang, who, “out of concern for the well-being of himself and his employee,” swore out a charge of trespassing against the customer on Saturday.

It’s unclear whether a surveillance camera stolen from 197 Madison Street on Jan. 4 recorded its own theft: Police say the incident at Hamptons Creative Media is still under investigation.

A man named Pedro, who reportedly grabbed an unknown amount of money from the tip jar at the Sag Harbor Launderette on the afternoon of Jan. 3, is a repeat offender. Management told police it was his second such offense in two weeks.

A man concerned about a sinkhole that was forming on his neighbor’s driveway on Franklin Avenue called police on the afternoon of Jan. 3. A small hole had got bigger, police reported, over a two-week period. Loose fencing was placed over the gaping hole while police tried but failed to reach the homeowner. 

Bayard Fenwick left his 2019 Toyota Tundra unlocked with the keys in the ignition in front of his Madison Street house on Jan. 3, and the car was stolen shortly after. Local police issued a countywide BOLO (Be On the Lookout), and the car was spotted three days later by a county police highway patrol officer, parked on a shoulder of the Long Island Expressway near Exit 57 in Islandia. The car was impounded and Mr. Fenwick was contacted to pick it up. 

Late last month, Thomas Sbordone of East Hampton told Sag Harbor and East Hampton police that after wiring $20,000 on Dec. 8 to a TD Bank in Union, N.J., for a “home rental opportunity” in Sag Harbor, he went to the unidentified house on Dec. 17 to pick up the keys, but the supposed landlords were nowhere to be seen. They later told Mr. Sbordone that their bank had been robbed and they needed more money. Investigators from both jurisdictions soon determined that multiple rental scams had played out at the same address, going back to April 30, 2020. The case was turned over to the East Hampton Town Police Department’s detective unit.


Kevin Sugencia-Ludizaca was parked in a 2017 Ford and idling in front of his girlfriend’s house on 19th Street for about an hour on Saturday afternoon, prompting a report from a neighbor of a suspicious vehicle. Mr. Sugencia-Ludizaca told officers that he’d move on, but they told him the car he was in wasn’t insured. He promised to let its owner know, and called a friend for a ride home.

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