Riverhead Police arrested three Manorville teens late Thursday for allegedly swiping goods from cars parked in Wading River, authorities said.
Police had increased their presence in the hamlet recently after getting several complaints of people snapping door handles at night while looking for open cars from which to swipe change, electronics and anything else of value.
And at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday, the department received a call for another car caper and sent plainclothes and uniformed officers to the area, where they soon rounded up and arrested the three suspects — Andrew Gelman, 17, Alan Lockel, 17, Anthony Waage, 18 — on larceny charges, police said.
Investigators then paid a visit to Mr. Gelman’s Manor Hills Drive home on a search warrant and found goods believed to be from prior larcenies, police said.
Mr. Waage is also facing an unlawful possession of a noxious material charge for allegedly carrying a can of Mace spray, officials said.
Police say the investigation is not over and more charges are expected.