Today, Friday, January 14, Southampton Town Police Detective Division reported the arrest of Stella Vassallo, age 28, of Manorville after an investigation into an attempted robbery, which occurred at the Suffolk County National Bank in Watermill on December 31, 2010.
Police reports filed immediately after the incident indicated that bank tellerSunshine Gumbs was allegedly approached by the Vassallo, whom Gumbs reported walked up to the counter with her hands in her pockets, then handed Gumbs a note, which read: “Give me all your money.”
Police say Gumbs asked the woman if she was joking, then asked if she was carrying a gun. The woman then told Gumbs she did not have a gun, but added that she would get one and come back. The woman then left the bank, at which point Gumbs reported she locked the door and called the police.
Subsequently, Southampton Town Police say they received separate reports from two gas stations on CR 39 Southampton of a female who requested to purchase several hundred dollars worth of scratch-off lottery tickets and then left the store without paying after receiving them. According to police, the first instance occurred at the Gulf Station on County Road 39 on Sunday, December 31st at about 8:35 p.m. and the second instance occurred two days later on January 2, at about 7:30 p.m. Police detectives say investigation into these incidents concluded that this was the same female wanted for questioning in the Suffolk County National Bank incident, identified as Vassallo.
The investigation into Vassallo revealed that she was due to appear in 1st Distrcit Court in Central Islip on Thursday January 13th on unrelated charges. Town Police Detectives arrested Vassallo after her Court appearance. She was transported to Police Headquarters and held overnight for arraignment this morning at Southampton Town Justice Court. At arraignment, she was remanded to Suffolk County Correctional Facility in lieu of $52,000 bail.
Vassallo is charged with attempted robbery in the second degree, a felony, and two counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.
The Southampton Town Detectives Division is continuing their investigation. Anyone with any additional information concerning this incident or any other crime are encouraged to call the Southampton Town Police Detectives Division at 702-2230, or the Crime Tips Hotline at 728-3454. All information will be kept strickly confidential.