Police respond to the scene of an armed robbery at The Corner Closet in November.
By Kathryn G. Menu; Michael Heller photograph
Two individuals have been arrested in connection with the November armed robbery of the Corner Closet in Sag Harbor, according to Sag Harbor Village Police Detective Jeffrey Proctor, although he would not provide details in what has become a federal case.
“Two people are in custody with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and have been remanded without bail,” said Det. Proctor on Monday. Det. Proctor would not name the individuals or the charges they face, citing an ongoing federal investigation. Calls to U.S. Attorney Raymond Tierney, with New York’s eastern district office, were not returned as of press time.
Det. Proctor did allow that one of the arrests occurred in early January and involved a male suspect. After speaking with officials at the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the case, Det. Proctor said village police believed there could be a connection to the Corner Closet case.
“After putting that individual in a photo spread, the victim was able to positively identify the male subject,” he said.
Det. Proctor remained mum on details about the second arrest made by federal authorities in connection to the case, including the gender of the individual.
Seena Stromberg, the owner of the Corner Closet—a high-end vintage consignment clothing and jewelry store—reported on November 19 that a man and a female accomplice entered her store around 5:50 p.m. and the man held a gun to her head before dragging her to the back of the store and restraining her arms and legs. The couple, described as Hispanic and in their late 20s to early 30s, stole clothing and jewelry from the store, according to police, before fleeing in what police believe was a domestic four-door white sedan.
Ms. Stromberg was able to free herself, and around 6:25 p.m., she asked a pedestrian on Main Street to contact police.
In addition to the male and female Ms. Stromberg reported as being responsible for restraining her and stealing numerous goods from the store, police also sought another suspect—described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old—who police said entered Illusions jewelry store on Main Street, making similar statements as those made to Ms. Stromberg by the other couple. No goods were reported taken from the Illusions jewelry store.
“I am glad this case has come to a close,” said Det. Proctor. “I hope this puts any doubts to rest and eases the minds of business owners on Main Street.”