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On the Police Logs 03.21.24

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 11:27

Russell Bennett reported someone selling items out of a large U-Haul truck at an empty lot on Neck Path on the afternoon of March 13. Police were unable to find a vehicle matching the description.

East Hampton

Last Thursday evening, a "highly intoxicated" man, said to be suffering from high blood pressure, was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital from a house on Boatsteerers Court.

Gladys Munoz Bunay was reunited with her wallet, containing more than $400 in cash along with ID cards and debit and gift cards, on Monday afternoon, after a North Sea man found it on Accabonac Road that morning and turned it in at town police headquarters.

East Hampton Village

On March 8, a Dix Hills man traveling east on Montauk Highway through the village struck a pothole, blowing out two tires on his 2023 Mercedes. He asked police to document the incident for insurance purposes.

Numerous tools, including shovels, rakes, gas cans, nail guns, drills, and pieces of scaffolding, have gone missing from a construction site on Lockwood Lane over the last six months. The items, the foreman told police on March 11, with a combined value of at least $4,820, had been kept either inside the building or in a secure container on the property. An investigation, classified as grand larceny, is ongoing.


The caretaker of a house on Old Montauk Highway reported March 11 that someone had cut the tops off of seven tall arborvitae trees on the property sometime between Feb. 25 and March 7. A police inquiry led to the conclusion that it was likely the outcome of a pruning request from a neighbor, whose water views were obstructed by the trees.

A 37-year-old Montauk man attempted to make a fire in a barrel at the Montauk Skate Park to "grill some burgers while he and friends skated" on the afternoon of March 13. Someone called the police, who told the man it was against the rules. He apologized and put the fire out.

On Saturday, a passer-by reported smoke coming from a Tesla being charged in a town-owned parking lot on South Euclid Avenue. An officer arrived within five minutes but couldn't find any cars matching the description.

Northwest Harbor

Fishing equipment left in the vicinity of a mooring spot on Hand's Creek was identified as belonging to Greg Verity, formerly a town resident. Police were able to contact him on March 4 to request he remove it, which Mr. Verity did the next day.

Sag Harbor

Worried for the safety of pedestrians, Maritza Pokart called the police on March 11 after seeing pieces of siding falling off the building at 20 Main Street that is home to the laundromat and White's Apothecary. An officer arrived, and he too observed siding falling off the building and landing on the sidewalk. He contacted the landlord, who had already scheduled repairs.

Linnette Roe, who works at the Sag Harbor Garden Center on Spring Street, reported an incident of petty larceny on Saturday afternoon, involving a woman who put $30 worth of plants into her blue Tesla and left without paying for them. As of Monday afternoon, officers were checking security camera footage from nearby sources.

After she used the Chase Bank A.T.M. on Main Street, Lisa Gallo encountered a "strange" woman who accused her of putting coins into the machine and began video recording her by cellphone. Ms. Gallo called the police, describing the woman as "in her late 50s with Botox treatments to her face" and wearing multicolored flannel clothing. Police canvassed the area but couldn't find her.


Marine Patrol officers ticketed two people at Gerard Drive recently for driving their trucks onto the beach without a valid permit, one on Friday night and the other on Sunday afternoon.

An officer used bolt cutters to remove a black Palisades Trail mountain bike that had been left chained to a tree for about a month in front of Richard Kostura's house on Harbor View Drive. Police have the bike for safekeeping, should its owner return for it.


The manager of the Sherwin-Williams store on Montauk Highway reported a man had tried to use a fraudulent vendor account to purchase an $8,000 paint sprayer and $1,800 worth of paint on March 12. The man became agitated when he was asked to show identification, and left in a rented Home Depot Sprinter van a few minutes before police arrived.

Crash Victim Identified as Sag Harbor Woman

The Suffolk County Police Department on Wednesday identified a woman killed in a hit-and-run crash on Monday as Alison Pfefferkorn of Sag Harbor.

Apr 17, 2024

Lieutenant Seeks Damages in New Lawsuit

On March 27, a previously confidential legal document related to an ongoing complaint by Police Officer Andrea Kess against East Hampton Town and its Police Department became public when it was filed in a federal court as evidence in a new civil rights lawsuit, brought by Lt. Peter Powers of the town police. Lieutenant Powers is charging that the document, known as a “position statement,” has harmed his professional and personal reputation.

Apr 11, 2024

Drivers Face Felony Charges

East Hampton Town police have levied felony charges against three drivers on local roads within the last two weeks.

Apr 11, 2024

On the Police Logs 04.11.24

Police responded to the East Hampton I.G.A. shortly after 5 p.m. on April 1 after the manager called in a report of an “unwanted guest.” After an investigation, a 38-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of petty larceny: one for taking 24 cans of beer and leaving without paying for them; the other for taking a white Huffy bicycle that did not belong to him. He was released on his own recognizance to await a court date.

Apr 11, 2024

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