CARRIE MILLER FILE PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.
Two people were arrested on grand larceny charges last week after they were caught stealing more than $1,200 worth of clothing from a store at Tanger Outlets, Riverhead Town police said.
A security guard at the Saks Off Fifth store at Tanger II saw Ottavio Alonso, 28, of Bellport and Caitlin Powell, 31, of West Hempstead taking about $1,220 worth of clothes out of the store about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Surveillance footage also showed the two taking the clothes, police said. The two were arrested, though it was not clear if they were arrested at the store or were caught later.
They were transported to police headquarters for processing, where police discovered Mr. Alonso and Ms. Powell had a pair of wire cutters, according to a police report. Each was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and possession of burglar’s tools, police said.
They were held for morning arraignment.
All of the items stolen from the store were recovered, police said.
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.
A machete-toting Mastic man was arrested for making a terroristic threat Tuesday at Tanger Outlets, Riverhead police said.
Police were called to the Route 58 shopping complex about 12:45 p.m. for reports of a man with a machete who was threatening to hurt himself and others, officials said.
There they found John Medina, 32, whom police said had a machete in his backpack at the time. Mr. Medina told responding officers he wanted to “hurt people,” according to a police press release.
He was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, and a misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapons charge, police said.
He was arraigned in Justice Court and is being held at the county jail.
“We are thankful that no one was hurt,” said Janine Nebons, the Riverhead outlet center’s general manager. “The incident is under police investigation. We appreciate your patience while the police investigation is underway.”
A clerk at one Tanger clothing outlet said she believes the incident took place near the Tanger II food court, where she saw the man being placed into a police car.
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters made quick work of a fryer fire Tuesday morning.
Riverhead firefighters doused a fryer fire at a Tanger Outlet fast food restaurant Tuesday morning, fire officials said.
The fire started about 10:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s in the Tanger 2 food court. Riverhead police got the call about an “active fire” at the restaurant and alerted the Riverhead Fire Department.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and quickly put out the fire burning in one of the restaurant’s deep fryers, said second assistant chief Kevin Brooks.
While other fire units returned to headquarters, Riverhead Fire Chief Anthony White and the Riverhead Fire Marshals remained on the scene to investigate what caused the fire.
Police are looking for a woman who scooped up a lost wallet at a Tanger Outlets pretzel shop and didn’t return it.
The woman found the wallet sometimes between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Auntie Anne’s eatery after a patron accidentally left it there and returned to find it missing. A surveillance camera captured images of a dark-haired woman taking it and leaving the area.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 220-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering $5,000 cash for any information that leads to an arrest. All calls will be kept confidential.