By Kathryn G. Menu
Sag Harbor Village Police have nabbed a Quogue resident they say is responsible for stealing a donation jar at 7-Eleven meant to benefit a Sag Harbor woman critically injured last month after being struck by a motor vehicle.
Thomas Palumbo, 37, was arrested at 5 p.m. at the Suffolk County Probation Department and charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor crime.
According to police, on Saturday, February 2, an unknown male who fled in a black SUV stole a donation jar meant to benefit 7-Eleven employee Jhenny Bueno Arias. The 36-year-old single mother of four was struck by a car on January 15 while crossing Brick Kiln Road at the intersection of Main Street and Jermain Avenue.
A witness described the defendant as a white male, in his 30s, approximately 6-feet tall. Sag Harbor Village Detective Jeff Proctor compiled a photo spread of potential suspects and according to Palumbo’s arrest report, a witness at the scene identified him as being the responsible party on February 4. Working with the Suffolk County Probation Department, Detective Proctor arrested Palumbo after he reported to his probation officer. Palumbo was transported back to Sag Harbor, processed and released on an appearance ticket and $100 cash bail.
Meanwhile, 7-Eleven manager Saqib Hameed has continued fundraising for Arias who sustained significant injuries, is uninsured and is being rehabilitated at her Sag Harbor home.
Donations can be made to Arias by making a check payable to Jhenny Bueno Arias and dropping it off at 7-Eleven or mailing it to P.O. Box 3134, Sag Harbor, New York 11963.