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.



09/26/13 12:15am
09/26/2013 12:15 AM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Sundiata Evans was arrested and charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor after police said they caught him burglarizing a gas station.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Sundiata Evans was arrested and charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor after police said they caught him burglarizing a gas station.

A Riverhead man was arrested early Wednesday morning after police said he was caught by a K-9 in a gas station he had burglarized.

Riverhead police said they were alerted after a commercial burglary alarm went off around 4 a.m. at 1212 E. Main Street, the site of OK Petro, as well as a mini mart. Upon arrival with several patrol cars and a K-9 unit, police reported that the front door had been damaged and while an officer was attempting to enter the shop, he noticed the burglar inside.

According to Riverhead police, 20-year-old Sundiata Evans then fled within the building and was soon after caught with the help of the K-9 they had brought along.

He was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief in the third degree, both felonies, as well as resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He was held pending an arraignment.

Wednesday morning was a busy one for the Riverhead police force: police were called to the scene of a reported armed robbery attempt around 7:15 a.m. at CVS on Route 58, as well as another burglary at Stotzky Park, where thieves reportedly stole a cash register, candy and soda from the Little League shed.

GOOGLE MAPS | OK Petro was burglarized Wednesday morning, according to police, who caught the man responsible for it, they said.

GOOGLE MAPS | OK Petro was burglarized Wednesday morning, according to police, who caught the man responsible for it, they said.

09/06/13 2:30pm
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A Riverhead man came home Monday afternoon to find his life savings had been stolen from his bedroom, police said.

The West Main Street resident said someone entered his bedroom sometime between 8 a.m. and noon, and removed $8,600 in $100 bills that he had kept in a padlocked cabinet beneath his bed, according to a report.

There were no signs of forced entry to the home or bedroom, but the padlock had been broken off the locked cabinet, police said.

The burglary happened about a week after a Flanders man saw his life savings stolen when he was mugged while walking home from a Flanders restaurant late last Saturday, according to a Southampton Town police report.


08/28/13 8:05am
08/28/2013 8:05 AM


In what police are describing as a residential burglary, a man entered the back door of an occupied Riverhead home early Wednesday with a knife and made off with a wallet he grabbed from a television stand.

No injuries were reported.

The suspect entered the Fishel Avenue Extension home about 12:30 a.m. through a screen door, police said. Once inside, he displayed the knife before grabbing the homeowner’s wallet, which was nearby, and fleeing the area on a bicycle.

He was last seen peddling south, toward Elton Street, police said.

The suspect is described as black and in his late 20s, with a medium build and short black hair and facial hair.

He was wearing a black T-shirt and black sweatpants at the time of the burglary.

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08/21/13 2:30pm
08/21/2013 2:30 PM

Someone broke into a Flanders home last week by cutting through a window screen to steal a laptop and an iPad, according to a Southampton Town police report.

The resident at a home on Peconic Trail reported that she had locked her door when she left for work at 7:30 a.m. last Monday, but when she returned at 7:50 p.m. the door was unlocked, according to a police report. Police found the thief had entered through a cut out the screen of a back window.

The thief took a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro computer and an iPad from the kitchen. The electronics are worth about $1,700, according to a police report.

Southampton police detectives are investigating the burglary.

06/07/13 11:54am
06/07/2013 11:54 AM

Southampton Town police have connected a 17-year-old Flanders man arrested for breaking into two house last week and throwing house parties with a string of car burglaries that also occurred in the area, officials said.

Bhavesh Hasarafally admitted to a spree of stealing cell phones and other items from cars, police said. Detectives recovered some of the stolen items and are asking anyone who may have been a victim to contact the detective division at (631) 702-2230.

Mr. Hasarafally was originally arrested Saturday for breaking into unoccupied Flanders houses and throwing parties, police said.

He’s also accused of stealing items from one of the properties.

According to a police report, Mr. Hasarafally initially entered a Peconic Trail house, where police said he broke through a bathroom window Friday night to party. He then took the party to a Huntington Lane property, police said.

An earlier report in the Riverhead News-Review stated Mr. Hasarafally was arrested at the Huntington Lane home. When reached for comment, Mr. Hasarafally clarified that he was arrested at his own home, not on Huntington Lane. He also denied stealing a camera lens from the Huntington Lane home, as police had charged in a report.

Mr. Hasarafally was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespassing, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

with Paul Squire