December 20, 2006

On The Beat

Santa's Workshop?

Nope, more like Sensimillion Central. Southampton Town PD's street crime unit raided a house on Tree Haven Lane in Flanders last Friday night. According to their report, "Drugs were found virtually everywhere in the residence." Coke, PCP and pot, plus drug accoutrement like pipes, scales and packing materials were all recovered, as was a fully loaded pistol grip 12 gauge shotgun (that'll do much more than just put your eye out).

Police cuffed 10 suspects at the scene. Just two, Matthew J. Marcangelo, 20, who lives at the site, and Christopher R. Langhorne, 19, of Riverhead, garnered felony drug possession charges. Others were booked on misdemeanors relating to possessing lower quantities of drugs and using paraphernalia, plus unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

No Room At The Inn . . .

. . . But plenty in the holding cell. Southampton Town Police charged an East Quogue kid with an olla podrida of offenses last Thursday. Cops say John Bonner, 19, was interrupted as he tried to break in to a residence on Florence Road in Hampton bays around lunchtime. He allegedly fled the scene on foot, and was soon located.

Upon arrest, Bonner was allegedly in possession of prescription drugs taken from another Hampton Bays home earlier in the day. According to police, during a subsequent interview, Bonner implicated himself in a bounty of area burglaries, undertaken over the last year. Felony charges lodged include second-degree burglary, and attempted burglary. Bonner also faces misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, criminal mischief, drug possession and obstructing governmental administration.

Also charged with burglary in the Land of the Mariners last week is Jose V. Amaya of Shirley. He's accused of second-degree burglary in connection with a case of squatting and stealing. It appears suspects have been staying at a house in Water Mill and taking things.

Talk about your holiday cheer. Suspects snagged in Southold could have put their booty together and had a blast. Joseph Rhodes, 43, of Greenport and Casey Thurston, 20, of Amityville wore the cuffs in connection with the theft of 22 cases of beer from a local restaurant. Kevin M. Meklenburg, 24, of Southold faces two counts of third degree burglary. Cops say he copped clams from the garage of a private residence.

EHTPD is investigating several burglaries and theft this week. They include a $1200 exercise bike stolen from a Cosdrew Lane yard, windows and plumbing supplies with a combined value of $2765 heisted from a jobsite on Firestone Road in Montauk, and $4000 cash, a Sony PlayStation and a flat screen TV taken from a house off Gardiner Avenue in Springs. The culprit broke into the house in the last caper. Personal identification papers were stolen as well.

Rum Pum Pum Bums

Cops had their hands full with inebriated elves who had more than their share of spirits last week. Last Thursday night a Manor Park driver hopped out of the frying pan and into the fire. When cops tried to stop him for a minor traffic infraction, he took off, careening along Montauk Highway from Westhampton through the villages of Quogue, East Quogue and Hampton Bays, at speeds sometimes hitting the 90 mph mark. Once cops caught up to the guy, they charged him with a pile of vehicle and traffic infractions plus driving with ability impaired by drugs and reckless endangerment. On Saturday nights, STPD booked another marinated motorist for DWI. A resident of Hampton Bays, he was pulled over for a traffic transgression, then determined to be drunk.

In Southold, cops charged two ossified operators with DWI on Saturday. They hail from Laurel and Rocky Point. In East Hampton, town cops reported collaring a tippling triad. An Amagansett man was additionally charged with leaving the scene of an accident. According to the police report, he rear-ended a motorist who was stopped at a crosswalk on Main Street, then kept going.

The rear endee followed the faced fellow, observing him hit a tree on Indian Wells Highway. The accident report shows a whole bunch of tickets in addition to the DWI arrest, all occurring on December 2. Swerving and speeding and the scent of alcohol led to the lockup for an East Hampton intoxicated operator early Sunday morning and a Montauk motorist last Wednesday.

In other news of vehicular travail, a Jamesport man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after he hit a teen who had been walking down the middle of Pine Neck Road.

Rounding Up The Usual Suspects:

• OOPSIE: Southold Town Police are investigating a shooting in East Marion. An unoccupied home was hit by what appears to be a hunter's stray bullet. The bullet narrowly missed a neighbor, who called the incident in to cops.

• HOOP SCHEMES: A Mattituck teen was charged with petty larceny on Friday. Southold cops say he took a pair of earrings from somebody.

• AN AWAY GAME: The notion of "away" took on new meaning at East Hampton High School. Kids from a visiting team called the cops after their pricey electronics went away. A flip phone and an iPod were stolen out of the locker room.

• Scrooge-us Interruptis: A resident of Amagansett Drive called the police last week after his son spied an intruder outside their house trying to steal Christmas decorations. Yeah, nice.

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