Blotters: DWIs, theft & vandalism in Riverhead, Southampton towns


A Flanders man found that his car had been tampered with Monday morning when he learned the gas tank had been filled with water, police said.

The man told police that when he arrived at his Longneck Boulevard home about 3 a.m., his car had 1/8 of a tank of gas, and when he attempted to leave for work at about 3 p.m. his tank was about half full, but the car started and then immediately died and wouldn’t start again, according to police. Police are investigating.

• Erik Bilka, 38, of Bay Avenue in Flanders was charged with DWI and moving from a lane unsafely last Wednesday night on Flanders Road in Riverside, police said.

Mr. Bilka was stopped about 10 p.m. for failing to stay in a lane when an officer noticed he displayed poor coordination and had the smell of alcohol on his breath, according to police, who said he performed poorly on field sobriety tests and failed a pre-screen breath test.

• Daniel Romero-Gonzalez, 20, of Parkway Drive in Calverton was charged with public urination about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, on Ludlam Avenue in Riverside, where he was urinating in full view of the public, according to police.

• Someone broke into Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside last Monday by breaking a window, Southampton Town police said.

But while the suspects appeared to have entered the building, nothing was reported missing, authorities said.

An alarm did go off in the building about 2 a.m. last Monday, Aug. 6, police said, adding that there is video surveillance in the school.
No arrests were reported as of this week.

• An unknown person broke into a home on Royal Avenue in Flanders last week — sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning ­— and moved things around inside the house but didn’t steal anything, according to police, who said a rear window had been pried open.

• The brake line on a 2012 Nissan Sentra sedan parked on Flanders Road in Flanders was intentionally cut sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, according to police. Police are investigating.

• A window in the back door of a home on Flanders Road in Flanders was broken sometime between July 28 and Aug. 8, and it was reported last Wednesday. The home is unoccupied and in the process of being sold, police said.


Margarito Romero-Quinteros, 43, of Riverhead was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Sunday, state police said. He was held for a morning arraignment at Riverhead Town Justice Court.

• About $4,000 in cash was taken from an Aquebogue home last Tuesday, town police. Detectives are still investigating the incident.

• An unknown person removed 35 sections of black aluminum fencing from the Great Rock Golf Course on Route 25A in Wading River sometime before Saturday, according to a police report. The fencing was worth about $7,950, police said.

• A man reported being assaulted Sunday on Harrison Avenue, police said. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead ambulance volunteers. Detectives are still investigating the incident and could not provide additional details.

• More than $10,000 worth of electronics were taken from a Tanger Outlet store Monday, according to a police report. Police said 31 Sony tablets were removed from the Sony store. The tablet computers were worth a total of $10,850, according to a report.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.