While their peers were home reading the latest edition of Modern Maturity or getting ready for the early bird special, cops say two area senior citizens were planning a heist.
According to a news release from the Southampton Town Police, on November 29, the pair of 60-somethings targeted a Hampton Bays auto repair shop and made off with a $500 engine block.
For the automotively illiterate, an engine block can weigh anywhere between 500 and 1000 pounds. The suspected cadging codgers used an engine hoist to lift the block onto a pickup truck during the early morning hours before the shop opened.
Police believe the twosome then sold the block as scrap metal.
By the next day, cops caught up with the first perp, a 62-year-old Riverside man. Last Saturday, they picked up the second fellow, a Flanders habitué. Both suspects were charged with misdemeanor petit larceny.
Also last week, STPD announced the arrest of a trio of suspected armed robbers. They say Larry M. Moore, 17, Erick C. Darden, 19, and Arnell Nash, 21, all Riverhead residents, were the robbers who hit the Valero Gas Station and Convenience Store on Route 24 in Riverside on Halloween night.
According to the police release, three men dressed in dark clothing, wearing masks and displaying guns, entered the business just after 8:30 PM and stole about $270 from the cash register, before fleeing the scene.
Town police responded, along with the Riverhead and county Sheriff K-9 Units, plus the state troopers, to the scene. They're collaborating with counterparts from Riverhead, Southold, the sheriff's department, county police and the East End Drug Task Force to investigate an additional three armed robberies that took place in the area – the Spirit Halloween Store on Route 58 in Riverhead was robbed by two gun-toting masked men on October 20; on November 7, Bart's Pharmacy in Riverhead was hit by a trio of masked miscreants, and on November 19, three men wearing masks robbed a gas station in Mattituck.
Last Wednesday the Southampton Town Police Dive Team spent several hours, without success, in the murky waters of the Peconic River near the traffic circle in Riverside looking for proceeds of the Valero crime and possibly an involved weapon.
According to Lieutenant Lisa Costa, further attempts will be made to recover the evidence. "These crimes are still under active investigation and updates will be made as they evolve," she said. Anyone with information may call STPD detectives at 631-702-2230. All calls are kept confidential.