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On the Police Logs 03.16.23

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 09:00

East Hampton Village

A confused driver reported a traffic hazard at around 7:30 a.m. on March 7. The light at the three-way intersection of Baiting Hollow Road, Toilsome Lane, and Woods Lane appeared to have been turned so that it faced the wrong direction. Police blamed the wind and called for maintenance on the light.

In separate incidents, one on March 8 at 105 Newtown Lane and the other on Friday at the post office, police told two different trespassers that they were not allowed to sleep at those locations. In the latter incident, a formal complaint was filed because the subject, a 20-year-old man, “had been warned multiple times by numerous employees that he was not allowed to sleep inside of the building.”


Two men in orange vests got out of a white truck parked in Robert Lichten’s driveway on Surfside Avenue on March 8 and “walked directly into his backyard.” Mr. Lichten called the police, but ended up talking to the strangers himself through a security system. They turned out to be surveyors, who had the wrong house.


Ben Selby, who owns Best Pizza and Dive Bar, showed up for work before opening time on March 6 to discover “multiple men” milling about the rear of his property “with clipboards and tools.” After Mr. Selby called police, an officer recognized the men as Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers. They had been surveying the railroad tracks behind the restaurant.

Two days later, a passerby contacted the police about a “suspicious person,” a man with a beard and blue hoodie who was seen emerging from the woods and wandering on the road near the bridge on Cranberry Hole Road at around 6 p.m. He turned out to be a Suffolk County Water Authority employee inspecting the water pump station on Cross Highway near Devonshire Lane.

Northwest Harbor

On Saturday afternoon, amid a day of inclement weather, police told Judy Korner of Passing Road that a large tree branch hanging, broken, over the roadway, was her responsibility because the limb was not tangled in power lines.

Sag Harbor

Someone found a Mexican passport and a U.S. identification card on Brick Kiln Road on the evening of March 8 and turned the items over to police. They are in the property locker waiting to be claimed.

County police issued a widespread “be on the lookout” notice for two people in a grey four-door Audi last Thursday at around 5:30 p.m., following a shooting in Bay Shore. Sag Harbor and other local police agencies took note of the request even as the suspects were seen heading west, away from the Bay Shore area.

Maggie Swan’s two dogs went missing on Friday shortly before 10 a.m., and a police officer drove her around the village to look for them. They wayward pets were successfully located.

A Hampton Street homeowner complained about after-hours construction at a nearby house on Friday at around 7 p.m. The site manager said he was unaware of the village ordinance prohibiting construction work after 5 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends, and the workers complied with an officer’s request to stop. No citations were issued.

Shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday, an officer on routine patrol on Main Street discovered an unlocked door at M&T Bank. The officer noted “negative criminal activity” in his report.


A report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a business on Old Stone Highway near Neck Path came in on Saturday at about 11 p.m. The car, a gray 2007 Mazda, proved to be registered to a 25-year-old man who lives on Hildreth Place, but an officer couldn’t find him anywhere nearby.

Joseph Petersen of Cedar Drive reported to police on March 5 that someone had slashed the sidewall of a tire on his Toyota SUV the day before, while he and his wife were parked at Louse Point Beach to take a walk. Initially, Mr. Petersen told police, he thought the tire had simply gone flat, and he put on the spare. They recalled seeing a maroon-red car with Massachusetts plate speeding away from the beach parking lot, but officers had neither witnesses nor other leads. Mr. Petersen said it would cost approximately $250 to replace the tire.

Arnulfo Moncayo-Rivera of Rutland Road needed help from police in getting a former tenant to leave the property on the evening of March 4. The man, an Ecuadorian whose name was redacted from the report, was so drunk that he couldn’t communicate clearly, according to officers. He was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Mr. Moncayo-Rivera declined to press charges, but told police his former tenant is not welcome there anymore.

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