Gurney's Inn
April 19, 2006

On The Beat


Home Invasion In Hampton Bays

Two cases of identity theft and a home invasion in Hampton Bays top the police beat this week. On April 11, a Hampton Bays woman was tied up and robbed in her home after an unknown man forced his way in after she answered his knock at the door. The man told the victim that he had a gun and would shoot her if she did not tell him where all her money was located. The assailant, who never showed the gun, stole between $400 and $500 before fleeing. Southampton Town Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 728-5000 or the Tips Hotline at 728-3454; all calls will be kept confidential.

On April 10 a credit union notified a Hampton Bays woman that someone had opened a Sears credit card and racked up $2000 in charges in her name, without her permission. On April 9, Paypal.com delivered similar bad news to a Speonk woman, who was told she owed $5000 for transactions she never conducted. If collared, both culprits face identity theft charges.

Lights, Televisions, And Boats, Oh My!

A lot of pricey electronics were lifted from a Mill Road, Westhampton abode last Thursday, including a $3300 television, a $500 television, a $700 camera, a $2000 camcorder, a $300 iPod, and a $1000 laptop.

A $5000 table, 10 chairs worth $6000, and five lounge chairs valued at $4500 were stolen from a home on Dune Road in Bridgehampton. Over on Ocean Road, $2200 worth of cedar shingles were hauled away from a home under construction.

Someone opposed to brightness and beautification stole $3300 worth of light fixtures from the center median near the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays. In East Hampton a cool-fingered sort stole a $500 coat from the LVIS Thrift store.

A boat motor worth $1500 was pilfered from Soleau's wharf on Rampasture Road in Hampton Bays. Five thousand dollars worth of motorized tanks, a $700 compressor, and a $250 power washer was pinched from a shed on Deerfield Path in East Quogue. Also last week, a $650 leaf blower was stolen from in front of Riverhead Building Supply in East Hampton.

An ATV valued at $12,300 was stolen from a Cross Highway, Amagansett locale on Saturday and recovered, extensively damaged, on the same day. EHTPD arrested Patrick Wein, 17, of Brooklyn and charged him with Grand Larceny in the fourth, a felony, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief. Police allege that a witness spotted Wein on the ATV.

Drunk And Busted

It was a busy week for some dumb, drunken bunnies. Running a red light on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays was Jose Alejandro Gonzalez's second mistake. Ramming a police cruiser was his third mistake. And his first act of illegal idiocy? Doing it under the influence. The 45 year-old Hampton Bays man was locked up on felony DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charges on Sunday afternoon; the police officer in the cruiser was slightly injured.

A 19 year-old Mattituck man was arrested and charged with DWI and resisting arrest as well after being involved in a MVA on Fordham Dr. in Hampton Bays early last Thursday morning.

A 26 year-old South Carolina woman was picked up for DWI on Accabonac Road in East Hampton after she was observed driving erratically in the wee hours of Saturday morning. A 23 year-old East Hampton man followed her bad example early Sunday morning on Abraham's Path in East Hampton, stopping in the middle of the road and obstructing traffic flow.

A 53 year-old ripped resident of Rip City wore silver bracelets on Saturday after he was stopped near the intersection of West Lake Drive and Montauk Highway, while over on East Lake Drive an 18 year-old resident of the Lighthouse District was carted off for DWI last Thursday after cops pulled him over for failing to make a complete stop. The last DWI on the docket involved a 69 year-old Frenchman who was stopped and arrested on Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton on April 11 after he was observed weaving down the road and failed field sobriety tests.

A 23 year-old East Hampton man was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, UPM, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle after the arrestee's probation officer called in the East Hampton Town Police to assist in an interview on Winding Way in East Hampton last Thursday.

Shooting Investigated

Southold Town Police Chief Carlisle Cochran reported that a police investigation is underway to investigate sounds of gunshots which were heard last Wednesday in the vicinity of the Third Street basketball court. No one was injured.

Partying Gone Wrong

A Mattituck resident and a Southold resident were arrested on April 10 by Southold Police when one defendant was found to be in possession of a bottle of tequila that he willingly gave to the minor defendant, who was also found to be in unlawful possession of pot. The older defendant was charged with unlawful dealing with a child, and the second defendant was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

A quartet of quaffers were apprehended in Southold last week for DWI. A Southold resident was arrested April 11 after being stopped for failing to use the designated lane in Greenport. A Greenport resident was apprehended after "driving all over the road" last Wednesday in Cutchogue; a Westhampton Beach resident was stopped for a traffic violation in Southold last Wednesday and found to be tipsy; and a Newark, NJ tippler was cuffed on Saturday after driving in the wrong lane in Greenport.

The Usual Suspects

A Mattituck resident was arrested April 11 for criminal contempt in the second degree by Southold Police after violating an order of protection issued by the New York State Family Court.

A Greenport resident wore the cuffs after shoving an officer and resisting arrest when he refused to put his hands behind his back. The officers, who were investigating a robbery, subdued the suspect to the ground; one officer sustained slight injuries.

A homeless man was found driving down the wrong side of the road with no headlights in Greenport last Thursday and arrested.

A Jamesport resident was arrested in Greenport last Wednesday after causing a disturbance in the street and along the sidewalk and resisting arrest, injuring an officer.

Fatal MVA

A car crash on April 6 on Route 25 in Riverhead took the life of Southold resident Eleanor Celatka, 87. See this week's obituaries.

Seatbelt Summonses

The Riverhead Town Police Department, in conjunction with the New York State Police, conducted a safety/seat belt checkpoint on April 7. The checkpoint was set up on Route 25 in Calverton, just east of Route 25A between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. .

The checkpoint, which was conducted under the Buckle Up New York campaign, resulted in the issuance of 30 summonses for seat belt violations, equipment violations, uninspected vehicles, cell phone violations, and other vehicle and traffic violations.

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