Riverhead blotter: $1,800 in Christmas presents stolen

12/22/2013 2:30 PM |

A Fresh Pond Avenue resident reported about $1,800 worth of Christmas gifts had been stolen from her overnight, police said.

Sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday and 6:15 a.m. Monday, an unknown person forced open a front door to the home and removed a number of items being kept in the living room, according to a report. The items included an iPad, iPhone, Ugg boots and a number of gift cards, among other things, according to a report.

A bag of cigarettes being kept in the freezer was also stolen, police said. Police are investigating.

• A 78-year-old retired rabbi reported that two men attempted to rob him of his wallet as he left the Route 58 Walgreens last week, police said.

After leaving the store about 4 p.m. last Wednesday, the victim returned to his car and drove around to exit the lot via Harrison Avenue, according to a report.

The victim said two vehicles pulled up, boxing him in at the front and the rear of his car, police said. Two men, one from each car, approached his car saying it was a “hold up” and demanded he hand over his wallet, police said.

After telling the men he did not have a wallet on him, the suspects cursed at the man, then got back in their cars and drove away, according to a report.

Detectives are investigating.

• A 34-year-old Florida resident was arrested on a drunken driving charge after first failing to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle on County Road 105 late Friday, police said. Alfonso Rivas Aleman was stopped by police about 11:40 p.m. and arrested on DWI charge, according to a report.

• Jose Umana Espana, 21, of Riverhead was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Ostrander Avenue early Sunday after he was stopped by police for swerving and for making an improper right turn just after midnight, police said. He was held for morning arraignment.

• Cornelio Mendoza, 44, of Calverton was arrested for DWI after being stopped on Route 58 last Thursday, state police said.

• Noel Alvardo, 21, of Riverhead was arrested for third-degree assault after getting into an altercation on Kirk Avenue Sunday, state police said.

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 The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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