Cops: Witnesses catch would-be thief in the act

05/15/2014 4:57 PM |

A foot pursuit led to the arrest of a 47-year-old Bridgehampton man after residents witnessed him attempting to steal from a car in the Peconic riverfront parking lot Thursday afternoon, Riverhead Town police said.

Witnesses saw a man searching through a vehicle about 2:30 p.m. and notified the car’s owner who was nearby, according to a report.

The owner headed back to the car and saw a man later identified as Brian Jenkins walking away, police said.

Police said the owner and a relative chased Mr. Jenkins on foot, catching him on Main Street, where they held him until a police unit arrived.

Mr. Jenkins was charged with attempted petit larceny, a misdemeanor, police said.

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