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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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A 20-year-old Ridge woman was arrested after stealing more than $2,000 worth of cash, jewelry and electronics from a Riverhead residence last December, Riverhead Town Police said.
Corey Fuerderer was arrested Feb. 27 and charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, police said.
Sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 5., Ms. Fuerderer allegedly entered a rear door of a Remsen Road home and removed an Xbox 360, videogames, jewelry, an I-pod touch, brand name pocketbooks, a Gateway laptop, a small safe, and cash from the home, authorities said. The stolen items totaled $2,261, according to a report.
The lock to the rear door had been broken prior to the incident, police said. The family had been using a chair to secure it, a report said.
Police did not say if anyone else was involved or if Ms. Fuerderer knew the owners of the home.
Ms. Fuerderer was arraigned and is being held on $36,000 bail at Suffolk County Correctional Facility, officials said.
A Riverhead man was arrested shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday night after the owner of the multi-family dwelling he lives in on Osborn Avenue reported him for stealing a pocketbook and cash, Riverhead Town Police said.
Cristobal Cruz, 44, was later found hiding in the rear of the residence by a responding K9 unit. He was in possession of the missing items when he was located, police said.
Mr. Cruz was charged with second-degree burglary and held overnight for a Monday morning arraignment.