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Posted on 20 August 2009

Fabrice Twagirumukiza, 26, of Sag Harbor, allegedly failed to make a turn signal into the 7-11 parking lot on Thursday, August 13, while on a blue mo-ped. Sag Harbor Village Police say Twagirumukiza was stopped for an interview and a check of his license revealed that he had almost seven suspensions. Police claim that Twagirumukiza’s breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his speech was slurred. Twagirumukiza faces charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, both felonies.
According to Sag Harbor Village Police reports, the president of an LLC reported to police that he had received a check from Edmund “Jean Luc” Kleefield, 43 of New York City on July 23, in the amount of $12,500 for rent due on the JLX Bistro property located at 16 Main Street. However, when the man went to deposit the check into his account, it was allegedly returned for insufficient funds. Kleefield faces charges of issuing a bad check, a misdemeanor. Kleefield claims the check was part of a personal transaction and should have been voided. He maintains it is a civil matter and should not have been brought to the police.

Sag Harbor Village Police pulled over Mary Rivas, 35, of Sayville, NY on Wednesday, August 12, on Jermain Avenue. Police say Rivas was seen driving at the intersection of Jermain Avenue and Division Street without wearing a seat belt. A Department of Motor Vehicle scan of Riva’s license plate allegedly revealed that her vehicle’s registration was suspended in September 2008 for an insurance lapse. Rivas faces charges of driving a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor, and failing to wear a seatbelt, a violation.
On Saturday, August 15, Sag Harbor Village Police stopped Darwin Benenaula, 28, of East Hampton on Route 114 near Hampton Street for allegedly driving while talking on a cell phone. Police say they discovered that Benenaula’s license was revoked three times for driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, another revocation was dated back to August 2004 for three speeding violations or misdemeanors within 18 months and a third revocation dated December 2008 for three speeding violations or misdemeanors. Benenaula faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Alfredo Perez, 48, of Sag Harbor was stopped by Southampton Town Police in Southampton on Saturday, August 15, after receiving numerous calls of an erratic driver on County Road 39. According to the arrest report, the registration number was relayed to police. An officer reportedly saw Perez’s vehicle on County Road 39 near the intersection of Sandy Hollow Road. Perez allegedly moved from the right lane of travel to the left lane three separate times and in an unsafe manner. Perez was stopped and was said to be found intoxicated. Perez faces charges of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and unlicensed operator, a violation.

Southampton Town Police say Ramon DeJesus, 30, of Brooklyn was stopped in Bridgehampton on Friday, August 7, after allegedly failing to yield right of way at a traffic circle on Scuttle Hole Road. When the officer asked for DeJesus’ license, he apparently discovered that it was suspended and DeJesus had been granted a restricted license which he could only use to drive to and from work. DeJesus faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

William O’Boyle, 24, of Greenwich, CT was pulled over by Southampton Town Police on Monday, July 20, in Bridgehamtpon for allegedly committing two traffic violations, including speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign and reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
Miguel Criollo, 33, of East Hampton was stopped by Southampton Town Police for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Criollo was pulled over in Bridgehampton on Montauk Highway for allegedly making an unsafe lane change. A Department of Motor Vehicle Check allegedly revealed that Criollo’s driving privileges were suspended.

According to Southampton Town Police reports, a Mamaroneck, NY resident was attending a birthday party on a Sagaponack beach last week. During the party, he took off his watch and stashed it in the glove compartment of his car. On his way home, the victim noticed that the contents of his center console were on the passenger seat and he soon discovered his watch, valued at $2,500, was missing.

Last week, a Noyac resident went to her car, parked at her residence, only to discover her driver’s side door ajar and noticed several items were moved in the vehicle. When she was cleaning up her car, the victim discovered that an Ipod, worth $300, an Itrip Ipod holder, worth $50, and a case holder, worth $20, were missing.

On Saturday, August 15, a Tommy Hilfiger wallet worth $1,000, two credit cards, $1,000 in cash and a drivers license were stolen from a car parked in Noyac, says a report filed with the Southampton Town Police. The victim told police that two males entered his car and removed the items from the center console, before leaving the scene in a black Land Rover.

A manager of a Bridgehampton’s children’s organization reported to Southampton Town Police that a former employee mismanaged the organization’s finances and had stolen nearly $46,000 in checks. The victim told police that the suspect worked for her as a financial manager and has taken money since 2005, but it wasn’t discovered until February of 2008. The suspect was subsequently fired and if prosecuted faces charges of grand larceny in the third degree, a felony.

On Tuesday, August 11, a North Haven resident received a phony phone call from a person pretending to be her nephew. The caller told the victim that he needed bail money or would go to jail. The victim then spoke to a person claiming to be a Sergeant from the Hudson Police Department in Ontario and arranged payment, totaling $3,008, through a third party. The victim soon became suspicious and contacted her nephew’s parents. Her nephew in fact hadn’t been arrested and didn’t ask for the bail money. Southampton Town Police contacted the Ontario Police, who stated that this was a scam and said it had happened in the past. The Ontario Police added that they are currently investigating the incident.

Several witnesses told Southampton Town Police that two elderly men had a verbal argument over a table at a Bridgehampton coffee shop on Sunday, August 9. The men’s verbal tussle soon turned physical. However, when police arrived at the scene both men said they didn’t wish to press charges, and one of the men admitted that he pushed the other first.

Almost $60,000 worth of furniture and $40,000 worth of kitchen appliances were stolen from a Bridgehampton home that was recently sold. The victim told Southampton Town Police that the home was just completed and ready to close this week. When the realtor and new buyer walked into the home, they realized that all the furniture and appliances were stolen from their original place.

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