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On the Police Logs 05.02.24

Wed, 05/01/2024 - 19:18


A troublemaker who has been recently accused of stealing cans and bottles of alcohol and iced tea at restaurants, grocery stores, and a gas station showed up at Jack’s Stir Brew on Saturday morning, “yelling and bothering customers.” Police found the man at the barber shop nearby and told him to leave the area after his haircut. Later that day, he showed up at One Stop Market in East Hampton; police ultimately took him to the psychiatric emergency department at Stony Brook University Hospital for evaluation.

A fire department crew put out a brush fire near the intersection of Red Dirt Road and Old Stone Highway on Sunday afternoon.


East Hampton

A 91-year-old resident of Neighborhood House Drive called the police twice last week, believing that “the same guy has been trespassing for years” in her backyard at night. Police found no evidence that anyone had been there unlawfully.

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.


East Hampton Village

Police shooed away spectators taking pictures of a seal at Main Beach on the morning of April 23. The seal was not in distress, the report noted.



On April 22, employees of the Montauk I.G.A. witnessed an elderly woman leave the store without paying for multiple items. They got the plate number of the gray Subaru she was driving and police are investigating.

A driver swerved to avoid a head-on collision with another car on Ditch Plains Road on the afternoon of April 22, resulting in a damaged mailbox at a nearby residential property. The homeowner, Tom Dunfee, played it cool, telling police that “it wasn’t a big deal and as long as everyone is O.K.”

Last Thursday afternoon on Second House Road, a police officer warned a contractor that blowing leaf debris into the woods was considered illegal dumping. The man cleaned up the mess.

Police also warned a crowd to stay away from a baby seal that had made its way onto the beach near the Montauk Blue Hotel last Thursday. People had been “trying to chase it back into the water,” according to the report. The seal appeared healthy and the New York Marine Rescue Center in Riverhead was alerted to its presence.

The next day, a seal that appeared to be injured was reported on the beach about 200 yards east of the Montauk Shores Condominiums. It made its way back into the water on its own.

On Saturday afternoon, a wallet was discovered to have been left behind at the Montauk Community Church rummage sale. It was turned over to the police for safekeeping and its owner, a 48-year-old East Hampton woman, retrieved it later that day.

Another injured seal was discovered on a Montauk Beach, this time tangled in a fishing net on Sunday afternoon at Ditch Plain. The New York Marine Rescue Center responded to free the seal.



Twice in the last week, a police officer used his gun to “dispatch” a deer that had been struck by a car in the road. One occurrence was last Thursday afternoon near the Sunset Harbor restaurant, the other before dawn on Friday on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road near Fort Pond Boulevard. Both officers completed “firearm discharge” reports.

In another animal-related incident, a white Ford van struck a dog on Three Mile Harbor Road near Harbor View Road and fled the scene on Friday afternoon.



A verbal confrontation about an employee’s work duties turned physical at the Clubhouse last Thursday night, and police were called. A Sag Harbor man was eventually kicked off the property and told he is not to return.

State Grants to Boost Police Technology

New York State has awarded a total of $127 million to county sheriffs and town and village police departments across the state, with thousands of dollars expected to land in the hands of police agencies here.

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Two Face Felony Drunken-Driving Charges

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Large Van Strikes Train Overpass on Cove Hollow Road

A large van struck the Long Island Rail Road overpass on Cove Hollow Road on Thursday afternoon, shutting the roadway and delaying train traffic at the height of rush hour.

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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.

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