07/05/12 9:00am
07/05/2012 9:00 AM

An unknown person purchased nearly $9,000 of auto parts from a local car dealership with a stolen credit card, according to a town police report.

A manager at a Route 58 car dealership said the person ordered thousands of dollars’ worth of parts, totaling $8,918.51, and had them delivered to an unknown location using FedEx, police said.

The dealership did not keep records of where the items were shipped to, but rejected the last suspicious order, police said.

Other dealerships were also targeted, the police report states.

Detectives are still investigating the incident.

• Thomas Fining, 18, was arrested June 27 and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment, according to a Riverhead police report. He was processed and held for arraignment, police said. No details were available.

• Trevor Hardin, 23, was arrested June 27 and charged with obstruction of government administration, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to a town police report. Mr. Hardin was taken to police headquarters, processed and arraigned. No details were available.

• Philip Orlando, 45, of Pelham, N.Y., was arrested early Saturday and charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly pushed a woman hard into kitchen cabinets, cutting her head and hand, Riverhead police said. Police were called to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where they interviewed the victim, according to a report. Mr. Orlando told investigating officers at his home that he and the woman were “playing around” and said he didn’t mean to hurt the woman. He was taken to headquarters, processed and released.

• A Shoreham woman was arrested June 28 on drunken-driving charges in Ridge, Suffolk police said. Louise Sigismondi, 35, was driving a 2008 Volvo at about 2 a.m. when she failed to drive within a lane while traveling along William Floyd Parkway, officials said. Ms. Sigismondi was charged with DWAI, 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 The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

06/15/12 7:00am
06/15/2012 7:00 AM

A Flanders man was arrested for allegedly choking a woman who at the time was holding a baby during a dispute in Flanders, Southampton Town police said.

Christopher Troise, 28, of Oak Avenue is accused of choking and pushing a woman who was holding her 4 1/2-month-old child last Thursday night on Oak Avenue, police said.

He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminally obstructing breathing or blood flow and failure to appear on a bench warrant, authorities said.

• Stephen Seifert, 37, of Maynard Street in Riverside was charged with second-degree harassment Saturday night after he was accused of punching someone in the face two to three times during an argument on Maynard Street, police said.

No other details were available.

• A Flanders man spotted throwing garbage from his car ended up facing more severe charges after he was stopped by cops, officials said.

Desmond Bright, 31, of Longneck Avenue was initially pulled over on the littering charge last Thursday on Peconic Avenue in Riverside, and then he gave the officer a false name, police said.

He was then found to be driving without a valid driver’s license, police said.

Mr. Bright was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation, along with the littering charge.

• Jessica King, 29, of Sound Avenue in Mattituck was charged by New York State Police with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana after being stopped on Flanders Road in Flanders about 5 a.m. last Thursday, according to police.

A passenger, Sarah Harbes, 20, of Hallock Lane in Mattituck, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, officials said.

• Nicole Romano, 25, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on Foster Ave in Hampton Bays early last Saturday morning, state police said. She was issued a ticket to appear in Southampton Town court.

• Carl Nieves, 17, of Oak Avenue in Flanders was charged with trespassing Friday night on Squiretown Road in Hampton Bays after he was found in Southampton Town’s Squiretown Park at 9:35 p.m., after the parked closed at 9 p.m., police said.

• A Riverside woman reported last Thursday that someone stole her cellphone after she had left it on top of her car, where two men took it and ran off, according to Southampton Town police.

The stolen phone was a black Boost Mobile Android valued at $250, according to police.

One suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 40s, weighing about 175 pounds and wearing a gray T-shirt and jeans. The second was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, wearing a black T-shirt and shorts, police said.

The New York State Police K-9 unit canvassed the area looking for the cellphone or the suspects but found nothing, police said.

• Two gas-powered leaf blowers were reported stolen from a home on Oak Avenue in Flanders Sunday, Southampton police said.

The owner of the leaf blowers had lent them to a neighbor, who returned them and put them on top of a mower in the owner’s driveway, according to police. Sometime between 4 and 5:50 p.m., the leaf blowers were stolen, police said.

The stolen leaf blowers were valued at $600 and $550, respectively, according to police.

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.

06/07/12 8:00am
06/07/2012 8:00 AM

An unknown person is believed to have broken into a Northville house through a doggy door Friday.

The homeowner told police that when she came home Friday night she noticed that a door inside the residence that had been left closed was now open. All entrances and windows in the home were secured except the doggy door.

The homeowner said nothing appeared to be missing and that she believes her pet boxer may have scared the suspect away.

Police said they are investigating the incident.

• Naquan Crawford, 19, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault May 31 for his involvement in a dispute that left a man unconscious earlier last month, according to a police report. The victim of the assault was found unconscious behind the Riverhead Elks Lodge on May 25 with “swelling to [his] face.” He was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center and treated for his injuries, police said. Mr. Crawford was later identified and arrested.

• William Griffin, 57, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal trespassing after he was found sleeping in a recreation room at a Calverton mobile home park May 31, police said.

Mr. Griffin had an outstanding affidavit against him signed by the property manager on May 16, police said. He was found intoxicated and sleeping inside the room at Thurms Estates by a cop who was on a routine patrol, police said. He was taken to police headquarters, processed, and held for morning arraignment.

• Angel Almenas was arrested and charged on an active Riverhead Justice Court warrant, as well as seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Saturday afternoon. Additional information about his arrest was not made available.
• John Braunreuther was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Monday, according to a police blotter report.

Additional information about his arrest was not made available.

• A laptop and iPad were taken from the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch on Friday, police said. An unknown person entered through an unlocked rear door and allegedly took the electronics, worth $2,500, from the nonprofit home for boys, officials said. Police said they are investigating the incident.

• A man was hospitalized after getting punched in the face during an argument on West Main Street Saturday morning, police said. The victim told police that an unknown man struck him in the face, cutting his lip. The victim would not give a description of the man to police and said he didn’t know the man’s name. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment.

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.

05/24/12 8:30am
05/24/2012 8:30 AM

About 200 gallons of used cooking oil was stolen from a storage container behind a Wading River restaurant May 13, police said.

The unknown suspect used a white van to load up the oil from a container in the rear parking lot, according to a police report.

A representative of the restaurant said thieves have taken oil from the container in the past. It is unknown how much the oil was worth.

Police said they are still investigating the incident.

• Robert Moats, 27, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with third-degree assault Saturday, police said. Mr. Moats was involved in a dispute, according to a police report. He was processed and held for arraignment. Details were unavailable.

• Candice Hughes, 21, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana while she was in her vehicle on West Main Street May 16, police said. A police officer said he smelled burned marijuana coming from Ms. Hughes’ 1997 Oldsmobile. Police found small amounts of marijuana between the seat and the door jamb, in the center console and in Ms. Hughes’ purse, according to the police report. She was arrested, processed and released on an appearance ticket.

• Cindy Popo, 24, of Shirley was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny May 16 after she turned herself in at police headquarters, police said. Ms. Popo allegedly stole two bracelets worth $2,000 in total, according to a police report, though it was not clear from where. She was processed and arraigned at Town Justice Court.

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.

05/18/12 9:00am
05/18/2012 9:00 AM

A Center Moriches woman wanted for a parole violation now faces a drug charge after police arrested her and discovered crack cocaine tucked inside her bra, Riverhead police said.

Tiffany Norris, 29, was stopped by a patrol officer after she was spotted on Lewis Street with an open container of alcohol, police said. Ms. Norris was arrested for that violation and police brought her to be processed at headquarters, according to the report.

Police said they searched Ms. Norris and discovered “a quantity of crack cocaine” in the left side of her bra. She was processed and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and held for arraignment due to an outstanding parole warrant for her arrest.

• Robert Noon III, 37, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny Monday, police said. He was also held on an outstanding parole warrant. Information about his arrest was not available.

• Leobardo Aguilar, 24, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he was stopped for a turning violation last Thursday, police said. He was processed and held for arraignment, police said.

• Luis Vargas, 43, of Mastic was arrested and charged with four counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, four counts of third-degree identity theft and one count of third-degree forgery last Tuesday, police said. Additional information about his arrest was not made available.

• Maksym Lototskyi, 19, of Calverton was arrested May 9 and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, police said. Police received a call about 10:15 a.m. of subjects loitering behind the Toys R Us building on Route 58, officials said. An arriving police officer allegedly smelled marijuana at the scene and interviewed Mr. Lototskyi, who produced two plastic bags of marijuana from his pants pocket. He was processed, arraigned and released without bail.

• Paula Brugnoni-Cobo, 23, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with DWI after police said she was seen speeding, according to an arrest report. Ms. Brugnoni-Cobo was stopped at the intersection of Cross River Drive and Main Road after a patrol officer reported seeing her traveling 20 miles per hour over the speed limit in a 2001 gray Honda sedan, police said. She was arrested for drunken driving following an investigation, taken to police headquarters, processed and held for arraignment, the report reads.

• Samuel Antonio, 22, of Flanders was arrested and charged with DWI after he was allegedly seen failing to stay in a lane by police early Sunday morning, police said. He was processed and held for arraignment.

• Gail Wyroba, 63, was arrested and charged with DWI last Friday, police said. No other information on her arrest was available.

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.

05/10/12 8:30am
05/10/2012 8:30 AM

A Riverhead man was arrested on driving while intoxicated and drug charges early Sunday after he was stopped for speeding on Middle Road, police said.

Jose Blanco, 29, was stopped after a Riverhead police officer spotted him speeding and failing to maintain his lane at about 1:45 a.m., police said. After an investigation, Mr. Blanco was arrested for DWI, an arrest report shows.

Police said they searched Mr. Blanco at police headquarters and discovered a plastic bag of white powder in the man’s right front pants pocket. The powder tested positive for cocaine, police said.

Mr. Blanco was charged with driving while intoxicated, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two traffic violations. He was processed and held for arraignment.

• Daniel Suruy, 26, of Riverhead was arrested Saturday and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Mr. Suruy was stopped on Main Road and was found to be intoxicated after an investigation, according to a police report. He was processed and held for arraignment.

• Anthony Cook, 26, of Southold was arrested last Friday and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, Riverhead police said. Mr. Cook allegedly stole two 14-karat yellow and white gold rings, according to a police report. He was processes and released without bail.

• Eric Midyett, 33, of Arverne was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, petit larceny and possession of an anti-security item after he allegedly tried to steal three pairs of sunglasses from a Tanger Outlet store last Thursday, Riverhead police said.

Mr. Midyett allegedly removed three pairs of sunglasses, valued at $369.97, from Off Saks 5th Ave about 12:30 p.m., and stuffed the merchandise into a plastic bag, according to a police report. He was arrested by police at the scene.

During the arrest, police said they found Mr. Midyett was carrying a zip-locked bag containing a green, leafy substance. A positive field test revealed it was marijuana, according to the police report.

Mr. Midyett was taken to police headquarters where he was processed and released on $250 bail.

• Karen Turbush, 44, of Riverhead was arrested Monday and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property in connection with a grand larceny reported on April 13, police said. Additional information about the incident was unavailable. Ms. Turbush was processed, held for arraignment, and released without bail.

• Two unknown men stole about 35 shirts from a Tanger Outlets store May 1, police said. The shirts, swiped from the Calvin Klein store, are valued at $1,468.65, police said. Detectives are still investigating the incident, according to a police report.

• About $1,500 worth of aluminum siding and an unknown amount of copper was stolen from a group of abandoned trailers at a Riverhead trailer park Monday, police said. The metal was taken from trailers parked in the R&R Trailer Park on Carls Place, a police report shows. Police said detectives are still investigating the case.

• Eight watercolor paintings were stolen from a vehicle parked at a grocery store Saturday, police said. The paintings, worth about $275, were taken from a vehicle parked at the Stop and Shop on Route 58, 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.

05/04/12 9:04am
05/04/2012 9:04 AM

An East Hampton man reported being jumped by two men while walking on Nugent Drive just south of the Peconic River last Wednesday night, according to police.

The suspect told police he was wearing earphones when he got jumped so he didn’t hear the suspects coming. They grabbed him from behind, knocked him to the ground and then punched and kicked him while reaching into his pockets.

The victim was able to get up and run away, and the two suspects left on bicycles, police said.

One of the suspects was described as a black male wearing a black hood and light blue denim jeans with a hole in one knee. The other was described as a Hispanic male with light-colored eyes and long hair, wearing a light red cap.

• A Flanders woman stopped for speeding was found to be driving drunk and in possession of drugs, police said.
Jennifer Gaffney, 37, of Flanders Road was charged about 3:15 a.m. last Wednesday with driving while intoxicated after initially being pulled over for speeding on Flanders Road and Flanders Boulevard in Flanders.

Police said Ms. Gaffney was found to have an odor of alcohol on her breath, and said she had taken three Tylenol PM pills about an hour before being stopped.

She also was found in possession of a bag of marijuana and a crack pipe with crack cocaine residue in it, police said.

Ms. Gaffney was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, speeding and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

• Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Flanders last week, police said.

Charles Roach, 47, of Cypress Avenue in Flanders and Deena Colgan, 40, of West Prospect Street in Southampton were both arrested about 3 a.m. Friday on Cypress Avenue and Flanders Road, police said. A car driven by Ms. Colgan, with Mr. Roach in the passenger seat, was stopped by police for failing to maintain a lane and the officer found crack cocaine in the car, police said. The officer also found Mr. Roach in possession of an open container of Four Loko, an alcoholic energy beverage, police said.

In addition to the drug charge, Mr. Roach was charged with consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and Ms. Colgan with moving from a lane unsafely, officials said.

• An East Hampton man was arrested for marijuana possession following a traffic stop on Flanders Road and Longneck Boulevard in Flanders April 22, police said.

David Merrill-Hughes, 22, of Maidstone Park Road was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after the 12:30 a.m. stop, police said.

Mr. Merrill-Hughes was pulled over for moving from a lane unsafely when an officer noticed the smell of burnt marijuana, according to police.

Mr. Merrill-Hughes gave the officer consent to search the car and a small quantity of marijuana was found in the center console, officials said.

• A Manorville man was stopped by police for talking on a cellphone while driving when he was found to be in possession of marijuana, according to police.

Timothy McCloskey, 22, of Green Court was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana following the 8 a.m. traffic stop on Flanders Road and Old Riverhead Road West in Hampton Bays April 20, police said.

• Virginia Pritchard, 53, of Flanders Road in Flanders was charged with second-degree menacing last Wednesday morning on Flanders Road, where she was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute with a relative and threatened him with a knife, police said. No other details were available.

• Simone Scott, 20, of Valley Forge Court in Ridge was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage Friday night on Oak Avenue in Flanders. Ms. Scott was involved in an accident on Oak Avenue in which she hit a parked car and then left the scene, according to police.

She was found the next day on Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders and admitted to hitting the parked car, police said, adding that she had a suspended license.

Ms. Scott was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

• Robert Chavez, 36, of Longview Drive in Southampton was arrested by state police and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated last Tuesday after he was found sleeping in a vehicle at the USA gas station on Flanders Road in Flanders.

• A Flanders man reported last Monday that someone had illegally charged two purchases made in Georgia to his account at the Suffolk County Federal Credit Union in Riverside.

Purchases of $1,258 and $293 had been made at what appeared to be a furniture store and a gas station in Georgia.

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.

04/19/12 8:30am
04/19/2012 8:30 AM

A Riverhead teen who was charged with dealing drugs last year and allegedly stole a vehicle and led police on a car chase across two East End towns earlier this month is now facing another charge in connection with a March larceny.

Tremel Kelly, 19, of Riverhead was charged with petit larceny after an investigation revealed he stole a 32-inch Vizio television from the Riverhead Walmart on March 18, police said. He was taken from Suffolk County jail — where he is currently being held on his previous charges — processed, arraigned and returned to jail.

• Alfredo Velasquez was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree harassment after he punched a woman in the mouth during a dispute, police said. He was processed and held for arraignment, according to a police report.

• Two birch trees and a holly bush were reported missing from a Wading River home Saturday morning. The missing plants were worth about $220, police said.

• Twenty plants were stolen from a Calverton nursery sometime Sunday night, Riverhead police said. The plants were taken from the Decorative Gardens Nursery and are worth about $600, according to a police report.

• Brandon Jordan was arrested Sunday at the Home Depot on Route 58 and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and resisting arrest, police said. More information about the incident was unavailable.

• Sean Hardy, 30, was arrested and charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child after an incident in Riverhead Friday, police said. Julius Pendleton, 31, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the same incident, officials said. More information about the incident was unavailable.

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.