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On the Police Logs 02.15.24

Thu, 02/15/2024 - 11:23


A spate of recent incidents at Sportime and the nearby ball fields, in which officers ticketed people for having open containers of beer and/or urinating in public, continued late Saturday night, with four more tickets issued.

Shortly before 11 p.m. on Feb. 2, police reported this week, officers questioned a man seen wearing a “black ski mask,” hanging around the picnic area at Brent’s General Store, which was closed at the time. Via a language translation service, he told them he was from Honduras, that he lives in a house on Accabonac Road and works at a local restaurant, and that he’d stopped at Brent’s to charge his cellphone.

On Friday night, a Marine Patrol officer discovered “a partially chain-sawed tree trunk, approximately 5 feet in height, 3 inches in diameter, weighing in excess of 125 pounds,” dumped at the north corner of the Big Albert’s Beach parking lot, with trash including food wrappers and soda bottles nearby. Officers have been directed to monitor the area for illegal dumping.


East Hampton

Police and fire department personnel responded to a report of a gas leak at a commercial building near the corner of North Main Street and Cedar Street on the evening of Feb. 6. The fire department was able to shut off the gas and a repairman was called in.

Nearby, about four days later, police and firefighters were notified of a “liquid spill” and shattered glass in front of the Empire Gas Station. It turned out that a delivery truck driver had lost “an entire case of Corona beers, which shattered into the roadway.” The driver cleaned up the mess himself.


East Hampton Village

Believing that a tree on his property was being cut down illegally, a resident of McGuirk Street called police on Feb. 6. The tree turned out to be on village property, and the village had hired an arborist to cut it down.

Just before 5 a.m. on Feb. 7, “a report of a foul odor in the area” of Church Street drew an officer and a sergeant to investigate. They found nothing amiss.

On Saturday, the manager of the Main Street shop Loro Piana reported two instances of shoplifting within 10 minutes. At 12:16 p.m., he told police, a man and a woman entered the store, browsed around for a few minutes, and left with jackets valued at $7,300 and $3,995 without paying. About eight minutes later, a different man walked out with a $7,300 jacket and a $6,500 jacket. The manager told police he’d recognized them all from prior shoplifting incidents. Detectives are investigating the thefts as third-degree grand larceny.



While on an early-morning patrol of Shadmoor State Park on Feb. 6, a trio of officers attempted to tell a woman in a white Nissan Versa that people are not permitted in the park at that hour: 3:42 a.m. She “refused to roll the window down, refused to present her identification, and began to play music at a very high volume,” they reported. Officers then observed “damage, blood, and hair on the passenger side headlight, which appeared to be from a recent motor vehicle accident with a deer.” As the officers were getting ready to use a vehicle-unlock tool to force the door open, the woman finally cracked the window to identify herself and speak to them, saying that she “came to the park to clear her mind and listen to music.” The officers checked for signs of drunkenness, of which there were none, and sent her on her way.

An impending impounding: On Sunday morning, an officer slapped an “impound warning” sticker onto a black 2012 Audi with an expired inspection sticker, which had been parked in the town lot off South Erie Street for two weeks straight. Multiple attempts to contact its owner had been unsuccessful, police said.


Sag Harbor

Malcolm Horton of Shaw Road reported a man had knocked on his door last Thursday afternoon, saying he was from a masonry company and offering services. This is against village code. An officer called the business in an attempt to follow up, but was not able to reach anyone.

Later that day, someone complained about kids playing on the basketball court at Mashashimuet Park after dusk. “No police action was taken.”

A 58-year-old man attending an event at Bay Street Theater Saturday night parked near the Kidd Squid brewery, but forgot where, and reported his car to police as “missing or possibly stolen.” After he described the vehicle, a gray Chevy Impala with California plates, an officer located it and escorted the man to the spot.



A report of a “road hazard” on Old Stone Highway near School Street early on the morning of Feb. 7 turned out to be an injured duck. An officer removed it from the roadway; no further information was available.

Two mailboxes on Clinton Street were found damaged on Saturday afternoon.



On Friday just after midnight, a town cop witnessed a motorcycle blow a stop sign at Hedges Lane and Montauk Highway, then accelerate to an “unsafe speed” up Wainscott Stone Road. The officer followed the speeding motorcycle until it turned onto the dirt section of Town Line Road, at which point he notified Sag Harbor Village police to be on the alert.

Later that day, Doreen Nichols of Sayre’s Path witnessed multiple vehicles, including cement trucks, speeding down the road, and called police to request enforcement of the speed limit. An officer responded but did not see any violations.

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