After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group ‘meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.’ (Credit: Paul Squire)
A string of violent assaults and robberies in the downtown area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic men — has town leaders responding by reviving a group aimed at bringing the community together.
Dormant almost since its inception in 2007, according to town officials, Riverhead’s Anti-Bias Task Force will soon begin meeting again. (more…)
Barbaraellen Koch photo | Officer Dan Hogan on patrol on East Main Street in downtown Riverhead.
Last year, the number of criminal incidents reported in Riverhead was at its lowest point in more than a decade, continuing a downward trend that began in the early 2000s, according to annual police data.
While the direct cause of the decline isn’t fully known, local business owners, town officials and law enforcement experts believe that stronger community outreach and increased patrols, along with a nationwide drop in crime, may have played a role, leaving some optimistic that the overall trend will continue.
SUFFOLK COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS COURTESY PHOTOS | Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Riverhead Town police say this man and woman stole a Riverhead woman’s credit card to shop at a Kohl’s in Shirley this fall.
Suffolk County and Riverhead Town police are on the hunt for two people they say used a stolen credit card at a store in Shirley this fall.
According to Suffolk County police, a man and a woman bought $600 worth of merchandise at a Kohl’s on Montauk Highway in Shirley Sept. 6 using a credit card stolen from a Riverhead woman. The pair is wanted for grand larceny.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information can make an anonymous cal to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE COURTESY PHOTOS | Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Riverhead Town police say this man and woman stole a Riverhead woman’s credit card to shop at a Kohl’s in Shirley this fall.
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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