East Hampton Town police are investigating a string of thefts in Montauk in which valuables were stolen from at least four cars sometime from the evening of Oct. 30 into the morning of Oct. 31.
At a house on South Devon Place, a resident reported that gift cards, a flashlight, and a folding knife — collectively valued at about $1,300 — went missing that night from his 2018 Chevrolet pickup truck. Similar larcenies were reported at houses on South Durham Street and South Dewey Place during those same hours.
“They all appear to be related,” town police noted in a report detailing the South Devon Place incident.
Subsequent reports indicated that police questioned two men. One was a 40-year-old they said appeared to be homeless. He was interviewed on South Edgemere Street around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The man, whose last known address was in Hempstead, told police he frequently visits Montauk and had arrived by train that day. He was released by police.
On South Emery Street the next day, officers stopped a 63-year-old Montauk man who they said “matched a possible description” of a suspect. The man, who was headed to his kitchen job at a local restaurant, accounted for his whereabouts by telling police he was working at a landscaping job on Oct. 31.
No further information was available by press time.