Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has offered a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest related in a string of luxury car thefts on the South Fork this summer. At the same time, police are advising residents and visitors alike to be cautious and alert while they attempt to track down the individual or individuals responsible for the rash of grand larcenies.
According to Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa, there have be a total of 18 reported thefts of luxury vehicles from Westhampton to Wainscott, which spans several East End police jurisdictions including the Westhampton Village Police Department, the Quogue Police Department, the Southampton town and village police departments and the East Hampton Town Police Department.
In a press release issued last week, Detective Sgt. Costa said the incidents that have occurred over the last few weeks are mainly targeted towards newer model Mercedes, BMWs and Range Rovers. The thefts have largely occurred after 10 p.m., allowing it to go undetected until the morning when the victims discover their vehicles are missing and contact police.
All East End police agencies, said Detective Sgt. Costa, that have been affected by this string of luxury vehicle thefts have collaborated in an effort to investigate these crimes, which she said appear to be connected. The East Hampton Village Police Department is also working on the case despite not having any thefts reported to date.
Police have asked that residents take care and precautions to protect their vehicles, including locking doors, making sure windows are rolled up and no spare keys are located in the vehicle.
“Other things you can do to prevent crimes include removing valuable items from your car when it is unattended,” said Detective Sgt. Costa. “Items such as pocketbooks, cell phones, laptops, and electronics make an easy target and provide opportunity to those looking for it. And, if you see any activity that looks suspicious — report it to the police immediately so we can work together for a safer community.”
Police have asked residents and visitors to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities (see box for contact information). All calls will be kept confidential.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has also offered a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information about this crime can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.