Riverhead Blotter: Cop helps pet rabbit locked in hot car

A Riverhead police officer came to the rescue of a pet rabbit that was locked in a car in the hot sun Saturday afternoon.

A woman in the parking lot of Costco Wholesale Club on Route 58 flagged down Officer Jim Lydon to report a rabbit in distress in the hot car at about 3 p.m. Saturday, when temperatures were in the low 80s. She said she had gone into Costco to ask them to page the vehicle’s owner, but was told they don’t have a public address system.

Officer Lydon then unlocked the car and brought the rabbit out for air until its owner returned. The rabbit’s owner was told of the complaint and the opening of the car, and the rabbit was returned to her, police said.

No charges were issued.

• Jodie Corwin, age and address unavailable, was charged with petit larceny following her arrest on Sunday afternoon at Walmart on Route 58, where she is accused of stealing $121 worth of assorted clothing items, according to Riverhead Town police.

• Lima Spirer, age and address unavailable, was charged with petit larceny Sunday afternoon following his arrest at Kmart on Route 58, where police say he stole an iPod speaker dock.

• An unknown person was seen fleeing Kmart on Route 58 with a shopping cart filled with merchandise stolen from the store on Monday afternoon around 5 p.m., according to police, who said they are investigating the case.

• Someone entered a locked locker at Splish Splash Sunday afternoon and stole a wallet, cellphone, car keys and clothing, according to police.

• An unknown amount of copper was reported stolen from inside a home on 17th Street in Wading River Saturday afternoon. The case is being investigated by the detective division, according to police, who said the estimated value of the stolen copper was not known.

• A Baiting Hollow woman reported last Thursday at about 6 p.m. that her iPhone 6 had been stolen, according to police, who said the phone is valued at about $600. The woman did not know who stole the phone, police said.

• Blue and green food coloring was splattered on the deck of the snack bar at the town’s South Jamesport Beach by an unknown person Sunday morning, police said. The food coloring was subsequently washed off by the attendant, according to police.

• A bicycle was reported stolen from in front of a business on Railroad Avenue in Riverhead on Saturday afternoon. The value of the bike was not known, police said.

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.