An East Hampton man was arrested on Thursday by East Hampton Town Police in connection with numerous residential burglaries committed in East Hampton, Southampton and Sag Harbor between January and October of 2013. According to police, the months long investigation resulting in the arrest of Justin T. Bennett, 35, of East Hampton, involved detectives from East Hampton, New York City, Southampton Town and Sag Harbor Village.
According to police, Bennett became a suspect based on witness descriptions of a dark colored sedan operated by a white male coupled with information provided by New York City detectives regarding the recovery of a significant amount of jewelry. Bennett was arrested on Thursday, October 24 while operating a 2003 black Toyota on Route 114 in East Hampton.
Bennett was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on 14 counts of Burglary in the second degree, two counts of attempted burglary in the second degree, one count of criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Police said he committed a total of 16 burglaries in East Hampton, resulting in the loss of more than $126,000 in jewelry, cash and prescription medications. Several thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was recovered by detectives in New York City.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact East Hampton Town Police 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.