Drug arrest, car break-ins top Southampton Blotter

A Flanders man who was pulled over for not wearing a seat belt compounded his charges by giving the officer a false name and being found with crack, according to Southampton Town police. 

Eric Ross, 22, of Priscilla Avenue in Flanders was stopped on the intersection of County Road 105 and Flanders Road at noon last Thursday for not wearing a seat belt, according to police.

He gave no identification to the officer, but verbally gave a false name, police said.

The officer eventually found the man’s real name and discovered that his license was suspended, according to police.

Mr. Ross was then arrested and found to be in possession of crack cocaine, according to police.

He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal impersonation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, according to police.

• There were three reports of items being stolen from unlocked cars in the Riverside and Northampton area over the past week, according to Southampton Town police.

A $90 Garmin GPS and loose change was reported stolen from an unlocked car on Old Quogue Road in Riverside on Oct. 31 at 6 a.m.; a $140 Bulova watch was reported stolen from an unlocked car in Northampton on Oct. 27 at 1:30 a.m.; and a DeWalt drill and battery and a laptop computer were reported stolen from a car on Cedar Street in Northampton on Oct. 28, according to police, who said the value of the items stolen in the latter incident was $1,250.

• There were five reports of car windows being shattered over the past week in Riverside, with three of the cases occurring overnight, and items being reported stolen in two of the cases, according to police.

The break-ins occurred on Flanders Road, Vail Avenue and Ludlam Avenue and two of them occurred in Riverwoods mobile home park, according to police.

• A pocketbook containing a Mexican passport and $150 in cash was reported stolen from a home on Cypress Avenue in Flanders on the evening of Oct. 25, according to police. A woman said she accidentally left the pocketbook on the front lawn of her house while waiting for a ride, and that when she went back for it, it was gone, police said.

• An electric jigsaw, a chainsaw and a screw gun where reported stolen from a shed on a property on Dogwood Court in Riverside last Wednesday night.

The estimated value of the stolen items is about $225, according to police.

• A GMC Denali bicycle valued at $700 was reported stolen from a home on Pond Lane in Riverside overnight last Thursday.

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.