On the Police Logs 06.07.18

Amagansett

An Old Stone Highway resident reported last Thursday that he had almost been defrauded of $2,450. Matthew Stafford listed a Buick for sale on the Letgo app and priced it at $600. After hearing from a possible buyer, he was sent a cashier’s check in the amount of $2,450. When questioned, the buyer said he had sent the wrong amount and asked that Mr. Stafford cash the check and wire back the remaining amount. He tried to do so, but the check bounced and he lost contact with the man. He filed a report with his bank, as well. 

Assorted sterling silver Continental flatware and napkins were stolen from a kitchen drawer in Harvey Reid’s house on Hand Lane. Mr. Reid said the theft took place sometime between Oct. 1, 2017, and May 20. A Cartier ring with a turquoise gem and gold setting also was reported missing. No value was provided for the items. There were no signs of forced entry. 

 

East Hampton

A 16-year-old student’s wallet was stolen at East Hampton High School on May 29 between 2:35 and 3:20 p.m. Taken from the boys locker room, the wallet was black and had $100 in assorted bills, a learner’s permit, and a scuba license. The boy did not file a report until last Thursday.

 

East Hampton Village

A father, who was not named, called police to let them know that his son had lost his Google Chromebook. The son left his backpack at 71 Newtown Lane on May 18. When he went back to get it on May 28, it was gone. 

An Amagansett resident contacted police on May 30 at 9:30 a.m. to report that a bus was traveling south on Main Street at 40 miles per hour when it almost hit him and other pedestrians in the crosswalk. He had confronted the bus driver at the bus stop, he told police, but the driver shut the bus door and drove off. 

Police received a complaint about construction noise on Newtown Lane last Thursday at 10 p.m. An officer spoke with workers who said they would place discarded items in a Dumpster carefully instead of throwing them in. 

An officer was summoned on Friday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on James Lane after dispatchers received a recorded message that someone was trapped in the elevator. It turned out someone had accidentally pressed the button. 

A barking dog on Cooper Lane prompted a visit from police on Friday night at around 8:50. The dog was in a fenced-in backyard and no one was home. Police were able to contact the owner, who said he would return home and let the dog in. 

A traffic control officer called police to Newtown Lane on Sunday afternoon at around 3 because of a dispute between two men. The T.C.O. told police the argument was between a photographer, who was taking pictures of the man’s kids. They were gone when an officer arrived and no information was available about the men involved.

 

Montauk

Sophia Samantha of Bronxville, N.Y., reported her iPhone 7 Plus with a case with flamingos on the back was lost or stolen on May 28 at about 3:30 a.m. She thought she had left the phone, worth around $800, at the 7-Eleven, but it was not there. Police found it at the nearby Point Bar and Grill later and returned it to her.

Three hundred dollars in cash was taken from the center console of a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck parked on South Devon Place on May 26. The cash was swiped between 4 and 9 p.m., according to a report filed by Brian A. Black. The truck apparently had been left unlocked. 

A fight broke out at Liars’ Saloon on West Lake Drive in the early morning hours of May 30. Greg Verity of Wainscott and Andrew R. Ceslow of Montauk told police they had been in a fight with a group of unknown men sometime around 3:40 a.m. An employee asked that police stay on the scene until she was able to close the bar. 

 

Sag Harbor Village

Sister Ann said that a guest at Cormaria Retreat House brought to her attention that its website had been hacked sometime before May 28. Featured on the home page was a skull and crossbones with two revolvers, which read: “Hacked by Hirouko 09.” 

The principal at Pierson High School filed a report May 30 about a suspicious post on a student’s social media account. He said the student posted a video on SnapChat and said, “Camping on school. What a lame senior prank.” A pistol emoji pointing toward a smiley face emoji was included, police said. 

A patron at Murph’s Tavern, next to village police headquarters on Main Street, said her black backpack, which she was using as a purse, was stolen off the bar sometime after midnight on May 28. She left it there when she went to the restroom, and when she returned it was gone. Inside, was her Visa credit card, $50 in cash, makeup, and her Venezuelan passport. 

Renee Simons called police to her Hillside Drive residence because she was concerned about a low-flying drone last Thursday at around 8 a.m. Police said there are no local laws about drones, and that she should refer to the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules about them. 

Sean Mott, who lives on Wildwood Drive, reported his identity stolen by someone who attempted to open up four lines of credit in his name at four different banks. Mr. Mott filed a report on Friday, after he was notified of the fraudulent activity on May 25. 

A Main Street resident reported a check-cashing scam on Friday, as well. Valerie A. Remkus said her son tried to sell a pair of pants on eBay for $200. The purchaser sent him a check for $3,975 and wanted him to cash it at the Apple Bank, pocket the $200 for the pants, and then send him the remaining $3,775. When he refused, he received threatening messages. Police advised him not to respond. This kind of scam has become frequent recently. 

Bob Bori, the Sag Harbor Village harbormaster, impounded a Boston Whaler after he found it in dinghy dock slip 29 on Sunday morning, to which it was not assigned. The boat registration had expired in 2011. 

 

Springs

A Whitby Lane homeowner discovered that an extension cord, which he owned, was plugged into his basement and was stretched to his neighbor’s house. Learning that his neighbor’s power had been turned off by PSEG-Long Island, Mr. O’Brien filed burglary and criminal trespass affidavits.