On the police logs 03.03.22


Amagansett

A man sitting in an unregistered car on Oak Lane around dinnertime on February 14 phoned police to come and investigate. They found Daniel Miller, 32, in his black Honda, who told them he had stopped on his way to the nearby Gulf station to take a phone call. He had trouble getting the title for the car, by the way, and couldn’t register it. Officers had her lock the car and arranged for it to be towed the next day. They drove him to the gas station.

Gregory Sherry called the morning of February 22 to tell police he was watching an unknown vehicle in his driveway on Holly Place through his Ring camera. Officers found a black BMW, occupied by Michael Longo, in the driveway. Mr. Longo, a real estate agent, said he was there due to a home inspection for the buyers he was representing. The inspector, however, had canceled at the last minute. The police called Mr. Sherry via the Ring camera and he confirmed to them that the house was on the market and that the information provided by Mr. Longo was accurate.

East Hampton

On February 16, John Palladino of Northwest Harbor found an arrow embedded in a tree on his property. He didn’t know how long he had been there. The police, finding no hunters or mischief in the area, assumed it was from a crossbow and confiscated it for destruction.

A mysterious cord of wood appeared at Bonnie Pizzorino’s house near the high school on February 17. Ms. Pizzorino had ordered wood from Joe Benanti and agreed to pay him $400 to have it delivered. Wood had indeed been delivered the day before, but she was not home at the time and her husband paid two men $350 for the delivery. Ms. Pizzorino called Mr. Benanti and mentioned the discount, but he said he hadn’t delivered the wood yet and he didn’t know who had. She wanted the case documented, but there was nothing to do.

Nimit Sabhalwal saw a night cyclist on Hand’s Creek Road on February 18. He called the police to say it was ‘strange’ and that in five years of weekends in East Hampton he had never seen anyone riding a bike at night. There was no sign of the cyclist when the police arrived.

On February 23, Steve Love, 39, a former Railroad Avenue tenant, told police his car was missing. He had moved out earlier this month, he said, but had made a deal with the new owner of the house to leave his car there for a week. He had disappeared when he returned. A neighbor, Kristen Steele, told police she saw a white Ford pickup truck at the site; the driver told him he was there to “clean it up”. Three days later, she saw an “out of town” tow truck remove the car. The home’s new owner, Jeff Safi, told police he was unaware of the tow truck, but suggested speaking to its co-owner, Nathan Dhanessur. In the meantime, police were able to track down the man in the white Ford van, Michael Conti, who told them he had been hired by a company known as Alti Source to clean up the property. Alti Source denied any knowledge of the tow truck, and Mr. Dhanessur testified that not only did he not hire a tow truck, but neither he nor Mr. Safi hired Mr. Conti or Alti Source.

East Hampton Village

A erratically-driving white van prompted Adam Calderon to call police on the afternoon of February 17. Police located the van near Buell Lane with an “inadequate passenger brake light”, which was reason enough to stop the van. They spoke with the driver and issued a warning.

A Toilsome Lane man reported a threatening phone call on the morning of February 21. The caller said the man’s son had stolen items from him and that “he knew where he lived”. The man wanted the incident recorded.

On February 21, two vehicles left in the Red Horse Market parking lot for an extended period prompted a call for police to be removed. Officers were able to contact the owners of both vehicles and told them to move their cars as soon as possible.

On the morning of February 21, a resident of Lily Pond Lane said he heard “a knocking noise” at windows the previous night. When the family woke up, they found a broken storm window on the second floor of the main house and a small rock on the roof, and called the police to report a possible burglary attempt. Detectives have photographed the damage and are continuing to investigate.

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A tractor-trailer halted traffic on Route 114 on the morning of February 24 when the cover securing its load came off, creating a dangerous situation. The driver had gotten out of the vehicle in an attempt to reattach it, leaving the truck blocking a lane of traffic. Police assisted with traffic control and put the cover back in place.

Andrew Poster, the owner of White’s Apothecary, called police on February 26 to file a trespassing complaint against a customer. She had been told not to enter the Whites’ in East Hampton, after being seen there taking items without paying for them. The police reached her by phone and warned her not to enter the store in Sag Harbor again, or risk being arrested for trespassing.

A man driving a blue vehicle in the Redwood section of the village in the middle of the day on February 26 prompted two calls from residents. The first caller described a car “just driving” around the neighborhood with no apparent purpose. Police found and spoke with the driver, who showed them documents showing he was a bailiff and was waiting to serve someone with a subpoena. A second call came in about 15 minutes later from a woman who said she felt the same car was following her.

Lisa Witschi was pulling into a parking space near Apple Bank on the afternoon of February 27 when a black Range Rover, which had already passed the spot, tried to back up. There was a classic standoff before the Range Rover pulled away. , but not before her driver threatens to damage Ms. Witschi’s car. Surprisingly, the police could not find a black Range Rover in the village.

springs

Geoff Kuzara of Springs-Fireplace Road, an artist, became suspicious on Valentine’s Day when he received an email offering to pay him $8,000 for a job priced at $3,000. The police advised him not to respond to the email and to stay with people willing to pay market value.

Patricio Delgado called police just before sunrise on February 19 to say a man had walked up his driveway and into his car. A few years ago, he said, $3,000 was stolen from his car and he thinks it may have been the same person.

An apparent “ring and run” was filmed by a Ring camera in Springs on the night of February 21. Gary Sorrentino of Talmage Farm Lane told police that “an adult and a child” entered his porch, rang the doorbell and then fled into the nearby woods. Police surveyed the area but were unable to locate the bell ringers. An hour later, the two were back and pulled off another successful ring-and-run. This time the police hung around for an hour but couldn’t find the pair.

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