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Riverhead Blotter: Thief swipes luggage after stealing 11 pairs of sneakers

While responding to an petit larceny reported by Famous Footwear around 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday, an officer reportedly observed an employee of the adjacent Bed, Bath & Beyond run from that store. The officer spoke with the employee, who said a woman had just taken several items from the store, threatening her in the process, officials said.

The police officer then allegedly saw another store employee following the alleged thief, later identified as Christina Malo, as she headed south toward Old Country Road. The second employee told police Ms. Malo had entered the store with bags of sneakers and asked him if the store sold luggage, officials said. He said Ms. Malo put several items worth more than $230 into the luggage and attempted to leave Bed, Bath & Beyond without paying for them, officials said.

The officer then returned to Famous Footwear, where an employee told him Ms. Malo had taken 11 pairs of sneakers and three bags worth more than $530, officials said.

She was charged with two counts of misdemeanor petit larceny.

• Police pulled a man over for failing to use his turn signal on Third Street in Riverhead around 10:45 p.m. Friday.

During an interview, police determined that the driver, Michael Minutillo, was intoxicated and arrested him for misdemeanor driving while ability impaired by alcohol.

• Police received a call that someone was driving erratically near Main Road and Manor Lane in Jamesport around 11:10 p.m. Sunday.

When an officer arrived, he determined the driver, Henry Illescas-Mejia, was intoxicated and arrested him for driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI, both misdemeanors, and two violations.

• Kathleen Santos was arrested for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor, around 6:45 p.m. last Thursday at the Calvin Klein store at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

• Police arrested Kaitlin Farrell for misdemeanor DWI on East Main Street around 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

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 The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.