Riverhead Blotter: Three catalytic converters swiped in hospital parking lot

04/12/2012 7:00 AM |

• Three catalytic converters were stolen from cars in three separate incidents at a Peconic Bay Medical Center parking lot last Thursday, Riverhead police said. A hospital employee told police an unknown person removed the $500 auto part from her vehicle while she was at work.

About 30 minutes later, a second victim reported that someone stole the right side of a catalytic converter from his vehicle in the parking lot. The part was removed by cutting the pipes around the part with an unknown tool, according to a police report. Less than an hour later, another person told police that an unknown person took the catalytic converter from his vehicle while it was parked in the same parking lot. The thief or theives cut the exhaust pipes to the converter to remove it, police said.  The incidents are under investigation.

• Mateo Garcia Calocho, 46, of Riverhead, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on East Main Street Saturday, state police said. Mr. Calocho was processed and held without bail at the Suffolk County jail. No other details were available

• Damon Moore, 43, of Riverhead was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree criminal contempt, state police said. Mr. Moore violated an order of protection while on the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton Town, according to a police report. He was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and released, officials said.

• A woman reported losing her diamond engagement ring at Tanger Outlets April 1, police said. The ring was valued at $7,200.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.