Attempted break-in at the Big Duck

11/07/2010 5:28 PM |


TIM GANNON PHOTO Police said someone tried to kick in the rear entrance to the Big Duck early Sunday morning.


Someone tried to break into the Big Duck building, the famous Flanders landmark which serves as a retail shop and museum, early Sunday morning.
Southampton Town Police responded when the Big Duck’s alarm was tripped shortly after 1 a.m. Someone tried to kick the back door in and damaged the lock, according to police. Police said the value of the damage is unknown.
The break-in attempt was unsuccessful and no arrests have been made.
Fran Cobb, president of Friends of the Big Duck, a non-profit association which raises money to improve the landscape surrounding the historic building, said only hats, T-shirts and other souvenirs are kept inside.
“There’s nothing of value in the Big Duck,” Ms. Cobb said. “Maybe it was just somebody trying to get warm.”
The land surrounding the Flanders Road building, known as Big Duck Ranch, is owned by Southampton Town while the actual structure is owned by Suffolk County.
Southampton detectives are asking anyone with any additional information to call 728-5000.
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