05/13/14 3:00pm
05/13/2014 3:00 PM


UPDATE (3 p.m.): A Baiting Hollow man accused of breaking into the clubhouse of a mobile home park in Calverton Monday morning before clogging a toilet with food is being held on $25,000 bail after prosecutors revealed the man’s history of arrests and failures to appear in court.

Nicholas Williams, 33, was charged with felony burglary. At his arraignment Tuesday morning, prosecutors said Mr. Williams has a 23-page history of run-ins with the courts and has failed to appear four times.

Mr. Williams was issued a grand jury notice, indicating he may be brought up on county charges soon.

Original Story: Police said a Baiting Hollow man rummaged through the clubhouse of a mobile home park in Calverton yesterday morning before clogging a toilet with food, damaging the boiler room ceiling.

According to Riverhead Police, someone at Calverton Meadows called shortly after 10 a.m. to report that a stranger had entered the park’s clubhouse, also using the space to sleep. The man reportedly attempted to flush food down the toilet, forcing it to overflow.

Police shortly identified the suspect as 33-year-old Nicholas Williams, who was later found by authorities to be walking down Osborn Avenue just before 10 p.m. last night.

Mr. Williams was arrested, charged with third-degree burglary — a felony — and held for arraignment this morning.

04/07/14 9:34am
04/07/2014 9:34 AM

An Aquebogue man said an armed burglar broke into his window early this morning and stole $8 in cash from his wallet.

The victim, a Zion Street resident, said that about 4:40 a.m., someone opened his bedroom window, reached inside his front pants pocket, took the money and displayed “some sort of dark colored handgun before fleeing the area in an unknown direction.”

Police are looking for any information anyone may have about the incident. Those who may have seen something can call Detective Hobson at 631-727-4500, ext. 377.

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02/25/14 3:00pm
GOOGLE MAPS PHOTO | Several break-ins were reported across Wading River this weekend, according to police reports.

GOOGLE MAPS PHOTO | Several break-ins were reported across Wading River this weekend, according to police reports.

A strip of businesses in Wading River were burglarized over the weekend, with thousands of dollars in copper pipe stolen from one entrepreneur’s store, according to one victim and Riverhead Town police. A separate string of burglaries were also discovered at six Hulse Landing Road cottages, police said.


02/06/14 4:49pm
02/06/2014 4:49 PM


“No one was more surprised in that courtroom than me.”

Not typical words coming from a defense attorney, moments after one of his client’s cases ended.

Just before potential jurors were set to enter the courtroom, a Riverhead taxi driver — 29-year-old Howard Ferebee Jr. — accused of being the getaway man in a Horton Avenue burglary last year, pleaded guilty to a lower charge Thursday afternoon in a bizarre court appearance that lasted nearly 20 minutes as the defendant peppered the judge and his attorney with questions.


12/02/13 1:24pm
12/02/2013 1:24 PM


A 20-year-old Riverhead man is facing a felony burglary charge after he was caught at a Riverside business soon after the building’s alarm went off Wednesday, Southampton Town police said.

Police went to Charlie’s Quality Collision on Riverleigh Avenue after the alarm was activated just before 10 p.m., according to a police report. An officer saw signs of forced entry into the building and searched the inside of the business and the surrounding area with the help of state police and a sheriff’s K9 unit, the report states.

A short time later, officers found Brian Flores at the property and arrested him, police said. Police did not say what, if anything, had been taken from the store.

Mr. Flores was arrested and brought back to headquarters to be processed.

He was arraigned in Southampton Town court Thanksgiving morning and was released after posting $1,500 bail that day, county jail officials said.


10/01/13 10:38am

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Rick Mascia, 21, is led into Riverhead Town Justice Court for his arraignment on a burglary charge Tuesday morning.

Two men — including a man wanted for violating probation — are being held at Suffolk County jail Tuesday afternoon after they were arrested on burglary charges Monday in Mastic Beach hours after a break-in at a Wading River home earlier that day, according to a police statement.

Ryan Mercado, 21, of Shirley and Rick Mascia, 21, were arraigned in Riverhead Town Justice Court Tuesday morning on second-degree burglary charges in connection with the theft, police said.

A resident at the targeted home on 15th Street called police at 1:19 a.m. to report her house had been “forcibly entered,” police said. The woman told police $4,000 in cash had been taken from the home.



“It looks like they just kicked in the front door,” said police Lt. Robert Peeker.

Detectives gathered information and found Mr. Mercado and Mr. Mascia were staying at the Smith Point Motel, arresting the men just after noon.

Some of the stolen money was recovered, police said.

A bench warrant out of county court had been issued for Mr. Mascia for violating probation in connection with a driving while intoxicated arrest in 2012, his attorney said in court.

Mr. Mascia is being held on $10,000 bail, while Mr. Mercado is being held on $2,500 bail.

“Right now I’m broke. I just have a bad habit,” Mr. Mercado said when asked how he supported himself.