09/25/13 9:00am
09/25/2013 9:00 AM

shed1For the second time in less than five months, someone has broken into the Riverhead Little League shed in Stotzky Park and stolen from the organization.

Police received a call at 8:05 a.m. today after a buildings and grounds employee stumbled upon the damage, which included busting through the door to the little league’s concession stand.

But after the shed was broken into in April, and thieves made off with over $800 in cash and equipment, they weren’t quite as lucky this time. League President Tony Sammartano said since then, they’ve kept much less cash on hand in the register – which the burglars reportedly walked away with.

“We left some change in the drawers and a couple singles,” he said this morning. “Maybe they got away with $40.”

Police were on scene this morning and Sammartano said a crime unit is expected to head over sometime before noon. Though police are currently tied up searching for a couple who reportedly robbed the CVS on Route 58 this morning. In addition, a criminal mischief was reported at an EPCAL business.

Sammartano said whoever broke into the shed walked out with some Starburst and soda, as well as the register itself.

Money raised at the concession stand pays for the league’s umpires.

07/30/13 8:00am
07/30/2013 8:00 AM

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A robber who stole more than $1,500 from a Flanders man on his own doorstep last week didn’t make it far after driving off, as the suspect was later found just a few hundred feet away from the scene, Southampton Town police said.

The victim was pulling out a wad of cash to give to a friend outside his Flanders Road house about 3:20 p.m. when another man who had arrived with that friend yanked the cash from the victim’s hand, ran into a vehicle and “took off,” according to a police report.

According to the report, seven $100 bills, two or three $50 bills and several $20 bills were stolen.

The stolen cash was worth between $1,500 and $1,800, police said.

Police tracked the vehicle used in the alleged robbery by its license plate number, and found the vehicle just a few houses away on Flanders Road, where the robber was caught.

Police said the stolen money was recovered, but, in the end, the victim refused to press charges against the man.

05/21/13 2:15pm

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Police investigate an armed robbery scene in Polish Town Monday night.

UPDATE (2:15 p.m.): The 33-year-old Riverhead man who allegedly attempted to rob an Osborn Avenue store Monday night faced a judge this afternoon, answering to two felony charges.

Nicholas Savino is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery after displaying what appeared to be a handgun at International Connection and demanding money about 8:45 p.m., police said.

Mr. Savino hit a store worker several times in the head, causing lacerations to the man’s face, prosecutors said during his arraignment in Riverhead Town court.

The worker was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, according to a release.

Two other workers subdued Mr. Savino until police arrived, prosecutors said in court. Visible cuts could be seen around Mr. Savino’s neck and face while in court this afternoon.

Justice Richard Ehlers granted an order of protection for the store workers involved in the incident.

Procesuters said Mr. Savino has been convicted of one felony and eight misdemeanors prior to the incident.

He also failed to appear in court on four separate occasions, prosecutors said.

Mr. Savino is being held on $300,000 bail.

Original Story: Less than 30 minutes after a shooting sent a Polish Town woman to a hospital Monday night, three employees at a store on nearby Osborn Avenue wrestled an armed robber to the ground in an unrelated incident.

Nicholas Savino, 33, of Riverhead displayed a handgun as he entered International Connection and demanded money of three employees there at about 8:45 p.m., police said. The three men quickly fought him off and held him down until police could arrive.

It was later learned the gun Mr. Savino used in the robbery was actually a BB pistol, police said.

Mr. Savino and one of the employees were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries from the scuffle, police said.

A worker at the store, who did not give a name Monday night, said, “I’m just happy everyone is safe and we could all go home with our lives tonight.”

Mr. Savino is being held at police headquarters on two counts of second-degree robbery, police said. He is expected to be arraigned later Tuesday morning. He was previously arrested last February on a warrant related to a charge of petit larceny.


12/26/12 3:49pm
12/26/2012 3:49 PM

Riverhead Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed a store at the Tanger Outlet Center Wednesday morning, before tying up an employee and stealing her car.

The robbery took place at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, when a female employee was preparing to open up the Aldo Outlet shoe store in Tanger II, according to Lieutenant Rick Boden of the Riverhead Town Police Department.

The employee was by herself at the time when a masked man came up behind her, Lt. Boden said.

“He implied that he had a weapon, although none was seen,” he added. Police said the suspect placed an unknown object to the back of her head.

The robber then forced his way into the store, took the employee to where the cash was kept, and took an undetermined amount of cash, Lt. Boden said.

“He then tied her up in a storage area and bound her hands, and also took her car keys and stole her car,” he said.

The suspecy used her car, a grey 2012 Hyundai Elantra with the license plate number FRR-4165, to escape, police said.

The woman got herself untied and called police at around 9 a.m.

She was not injured.

She also called her father after she got unbound and he raced toward the scene and lost control of his car on West Main Street, crashing into a telephone poll and then another car, Lt. Boden said. No one was injured, but the street was closed for a short time while LIPA repaired the pole.

Because the man was wearing a mask that covered most of his face, except for eye and mouth holes, it’s difficult to give a description of the suspect, Lt. Boden said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call 727-4500.


05/20/12 8:54pm
05/20/2012 8:54 PM

Detectives investigating a Riverhead robbery Saturday night in which a man was reportedly beaten and robbed and knifepoint arrested a 19-year-old Brookhaven man who had the victim’s cell phone in his vehicle, according to Riverhead Town Police.

The 25-year-old male victim said he was jumped on Union Avenue in Riverhead at about 10 p.m. Saturday by four men  wearing masks, according to police.

The victim said two of the men,  armed with knives, robbed him of his Boost Mobile cell phone and $250 cash. He told police one of the men put a knife to his throat while the others punched him in the face and kicked him in the legs and back, according to police.

Detectives were told that a red 1998 BMW was used by the suspects, and that car was located a short time later on Hamilton Street in Riverhead.

Andre Grant, 19, of Ridge Haven in Brookhaven was standing by the car, said police. He was detained for further questioning because the victim’s cell phone was located in Mr. Grant’s car, according to police.

Mr. Grant was take to headquarters and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and his car was impounded.

No other arrests have yet been made.