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On the Police Logs 08.24.23

Thu, 08/24/2023 - 11:15


Police received a complaint of “loud bass sounds possibly coming from the Reform Club” on Windmill Lane, on the evening of Aug. 14. The sounds were actually coming from Ed Sheeran — the pop star was performing out back of the Stephen Talkhouse, just down the road.

East Hampton

An employee of EcoShield, a pesticide company, was ticketed last Thursday afternoon for peddling door to door without a license, which is prohibited by town code.

East Hampton Village

A Florida man was ticketed for unlicensed driving on the morning of Aug. 14 after he ran into the CVS building on Montauk Highway while pulling into a parking space.

Later that day, a Georgica Road homeowner who’d placed large rocks in front of his house in an effort to discourage parking there, was handed a summons. Police advised him that it’s illegal to obstruct a village right of way and told him to have the stones removed.

The opposite scenario unfolded on Dunemere Road two days later, when a resident called police to complain that 10 wooden stakes had been removed from out front of his house. The officer informed the man that the village “is allowed to remove stakes from any village right of way.”

Late at night on Aug. 16, police responded to a call about sewage overflowing from the septic system at Starbucks. An officer informed the manager the store “would need to arrange emergency pump-out service.”

On Saturday, a 51-year-old man with addresses in East Hampton and New York City called police about a snake on his porch. According to the incident report, the officer told the man, “It is a garter snake, they’re normal to have in the area, and they’re harmless.”


The Coast Guard requested help from the East Hampton Town Police Department’s dive team Saturday afternoon, when its vessel’s propellers got caught up in debris from a sailboat it had been towing into Montauk Harbor. The dive team responded and cleared out the debris, and the Coast Guard ship continued on its way.

One bartender at Shagwong Tavern and another at the Crow’s Nest were charged with selling alcohol to a person under 21 years of age, a misdemeanor, later that day.

On Friday night, an officer came upon a group of 15 youths having a “large, uncontained, non-compliant beach fire” on the beach off Surfside Avenue, just five feet away from the beach grass line and wooden stairs. He made them put it out, clean up the mess, and leave the beach.

On Aug. 12 around 11 p.m., a 17-year-old told police he’d been punched in the face at John’s Drive-In. Asked to describe who’d hit him, he said “a 19 to 21 year old male with short brown hair and brown eyes.” He was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The last time Ian Grusd of Colts Neck, N.J., saw his American Express card, it was at Anthony’s Pancake House on Aug. 9. After that, he told police two days later, it went missing and whoever had it spent $93 at 7-Eleven, $229 at MTK Surf and Sport, another $92 there, and $155 at the Sunset Surf Shack. Charges of identity theft, larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property await the person who took the card.

Sag Harbor

On Friday afternoon, an officer told an elderly man selling metal art pieces in front of 1 Main Street to stop. Peddling without a permit is illegal in the village.

Late Saturday morning, police received a complaint about a large private party in the vicinity of 295 Main Street that had a food truck serving guests from the road. By the time an officer could determine if the party’s organizer had a permit for the gathering, or needed one, the party was over and the food truck was leaving.

On Long Wharf Sunday morning, a pair of officers freed a pair of birds that were stuck in nylon fishing twine.

That afternoon the harbormaster came upon six adults and an infant who were stranded in a 25-foot Sea Ray boat in the cove. They had been unable to contact SeaTow, they said. The harbormaster towed them to their waterfront residence.


At Si Si at East Hampton Point Sunday afternoon, an “extremely agitated and intoxicated” East Hampton man, 33, was yelling that his friends had stuck him with a bill of $855.41. Police called his mother, and she called in with a credit card. An officer drove him home, passing on a warning that he’s not permitted to return to the restaurant.

A foul odor thought to be coming from a leaky sewer or septic system in the vicinity of Gerard Drive last Thursday afternoon was attributed by police to low tide.

Using an Apple Airtag, Kendra-Jade Dearco of Staten Island tracked her lost wallet across Southampton and East Hampton towns between Aug. 2 and Sunday afternoon, believing it to be in a moving vehicle. In the meantime, Wayne Carr of East Hampton called police after finding a wallet under a construction lift in the vicinity of Flaggy Hole Road. It turned out to be Ms. Dearco’s, and it is now on its way to her via the postal service.


Last Thursday afternoon police impounded “a home-built go-kart with a Suzuki street bike engine” that was abandoned at the edge of the woods near Route 114 and Merchants Path.

After receiving a call on Aug. 15 about possible flooding at the Home Sweet Home Moving and Storage facility, police concluded that “it appears to be from the significant rain this morning.”

This story has been updated since it was first published to clarify information about the incident at Home Sweet Home.

Sailors Undeterred After Rescue Off Montauk

A pair of sailors who paid an unexpected visit to Montauk last month said from Brooklyn on Friday that they plan to continue their voyage down the East Coast despite an April 24 rescue off Montauk’s downtown ocean beach.

May 16, 2024

On the Police Logs 05.16.24

Employees of Montauk's Memory Motel called police at 1:25 a.m. Saturday to have a man “known to them to have no money” removed from the bar. The man had been refusing to leave, but complied when the request came from an officer. He promised to take a train or bus back home to Brooklyn, but showed up a couple of hours later at 7-Eleven, attempting to use “multiple bank cards” to pay for merchandise. He was also said to have made “a threatening statement,” and was taken in the end to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for evaluation.

May 15, 2024

On the Police Logs 05.09.24

On April 30, police got a call from a passer-by about “a male subject opening doors with a crowbar” at the Sands Motel. Upon investigation, it was learned that the man was an employee performing renovations and maintenance. “The salt air environment often causes the door locks to freeze, therefore he has to force the doors open with a bar,” officers reported.

May 9, 2024

On the Police Logs 05.02.24

A 17-year-old girl fell victim to an online scam when she attempted to sell a prom dress on the website Poshmark on April 14. She ultimately sent more than $1,000 in Apple gift cards, thinking there was an error with her account after receiving an email from the company that turned out to be fake. An investigation is still ongoing.

May 1, 2024

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