Hardy Plumbing
May 03, 2006

On The Beat


Compiled by Mariah Quinn & Lisa Finn

Man Fires Assault Rifle

Jason Polikoff, 23, of East Quogue was arrested on reckless endangerment and weapons charges on Saturday after he allegedly fired an assault rifle in his house and in a neighbor's yard. According to the Southampton Town Police, witnesses said that Polikoff became agitated on Saturday morning after hosting a party the night before and began firing shots. Several of Polikoff's friends and two workers who were delivering patio furniture managed to subdue him until police arrived.

A search of Polikoff's residence turned up a shotgun, kung fu stars, chuck sticks, armor piercing bullets, a semi-automatic pistol and a large quantity of magazines, as well as cocaine and marijuana. In addition to the two counts of reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon charges, all felonies, Polikoff was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and prohibited use of a weapon, among other charges.

Over on the North Fork, after an investigation by the Southold Town Police Detective Division, Mattituck resident Benjamin D. Brannon was arrested at Southold Town Police Headquarters and charged with one felony count of criminal sexual act in the second degree after police said he allegedly engaged in oral sex with a 13-year-old female. Brannon was arraigned in front of Judge William Price and released after posting $2500 bail.

Last Wednesday Southampton cops arrested John Gray, 39, of Riverhead and booked him on burglary charges, picking up his alleged accomplice, Shawn Moynihan, 35, of Riverhead last Thursday. Moynihan was charged with burglary in the second degree, a C felony, while Gray was charged with burglary third, a D felony. Police say the two men stole a safe and valuables from a home in Riverside on April 24; some of the stolen goods were recovered. The police are continuing their investigation and ask that anyone with more information about the incident call 728-3400. All calls will be kept confidential.

David Cox, 29, of Hampton Bays was arrested on Good Ground Road in said hamlet last Thursday after cops observed him sleeping in his vehicle. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, third, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was found in the possession of two crack stems, several syringes, and prescription medicines.

Jewels Are A Thief's Best Friend

Cars, jewelry, electronics, and an air conditioning unit topped the most-wanted list for area thieves this week. Some pricey bling and cash were deemed steal-worthy from a home on White Brook Road in Riverhead on April 24; police say that $3000 in cash, a $4700 watch, an $8000 pair of earrings, and an $8000 ring were taken. Fifteen hundred worth of George Washingtons were stolen from a home on Miller Lane in East Hampton.

A 1989 Honda Civic was driven away, illegally, from in front of a home on Magee Street in Southampton on April 23. Police say the vehicle was unlocked and the keys were in the ignition. An AC unit valued at $3500 was stolen from a house under construction on Oakwood Road in Hampton Bays sometime between April 24 and 25, while over in Flanders a sticky-fingered sort walked away with a toolbox filled with $2000 worth of tools, a $500 video camera, and two TVs valued at $1100 total from a home on Royal Avenue in Flanders sometime between last Thursday and Friday.

An Xbox valued at $600 and a $60 video game (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, for those who want to know what attracts the criminally inclined) were lifted from a home on Wiltshire Street in Southampton on April 22. An $800 laptop and a $300 printer were stolen from a Hands Creek Road, East Hampton abode last Friday.

Identity theft, it seems, is here to stay. An East Hampton woman reported to cops that three accounts were opened in Florida using her social security number. An Amagansett woman found herself the unwilling namesake of a Cingular cell phone account, a Saks Fifth Ave account, and a Victoria Secret account among others after an unauthorized person used her birth date and social to go on an account-opening spree.

Drunk And Felonious

Two intoxicated drivers were also booked on felony charges last week. James K. Bradwick, 40, of Hampton Bays was charged with DWI and assault second after he allegedly attacked the arresting Southampton PD officer when he was being treated at Southampton Hospital following a car accident on Wakeman Road in Hampton Bays last Friday.

Manuel Lopez, 33, of East Hampton was looking at charges of first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, and DWI after he backed into a police vehicle on Flanders Road in Riverside after he had been pulled over for a traffic violation on Sunday. Southampton cops reported eight other DWIs last week, while in East Hampton, three drunk drivers were collared.

Xanax and cocaine were the drugs of choice for the controlled substance crowd. A 24 year-old Bayshore man was arrested outside of the Foggy Goggle in Hampton Bays and booked on possession of a controlled substance and UPM charges after cops observed him acting suspiciously in his car. Prescription Xanax and a marijuana pipe were found. A 20 year-old man and his 36 year-old passenger, both from Southampton, found themselves facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance after Southampton cops stopped them for a vehicle violation on Montauk Highway in Southampton last Friday. Cops turned up a rock of cocaine while searching the car.

Also, On The North Fork

A Greenport resident was arrested on April 23 after he hightailed it off after being involved in an MVA on State Route 25 and Chapel Lane in Greenport. The scared-stiff navigator snuck off the scene and later reported the car stolen in an attempt to avoid charges. You can run but you can't hide — the suspect was arrested for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, processed, and released on bail.

Five accounts of toasted tippling were reported on the North Fork last week. Last Wednesday, a Cutchogue resident and a Greenport resident were involved in an MVA in Southold. The Greenport driver was found to be faced, arrested, and charged with DWI.

On Saturday, a Greenport resident was stopped for failing to use the right lane and found to be intoxicated.

Also on Saturday, an East Marion resident was driving east on Route 48 in Greenport when cops nabbed him for failing to dim his headlights to oncoming traffic. After being arrested for DWI, he was held overnight at Southold Town Police headquarters.

A Jamesport resident was arrested on Saturday after being involved in an MVA with a Greenport resident. The inebriated navigator was transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital for a checkup, released, and processed at police headquarters. The driver of the other vehicle was treated at ELIH and released.

On Sunday, a Bohemia resident was arrested and charged with DWI after failing to use his designated lane.

Four Mattituck residents were caught in their car after police received reports that the vehicle was parked on Sigsbee Road, obstructing traffic. After a brief investigation, the quartet was cuffed for criminal possession of marijuana.

And on Sunday, a Shelter Island resident was arrested in Southold after cops stopped him for driving erratically on Route 48 and he was found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin.

An East Patchogue resident should have stayed home on Saturday: He was arrested on Second Street in Greenport and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.

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