Â On Thanksgiving eve in 2007, Bryan Lopez and Andrew Wawryk, two local teenagers, illegally gained access to three Sag Harbor businesses — Whaler’s Cleaners, Vincenzo’s Pizza and the Ice Cream Club. Lopez was charged with two felonies in connection with the incident, and served almost five months in jail, said Sag Harbor Village Police Lieutenant Thomas Mackey. Wawryk still has open charges in connection with this crime said his lawyer Brian Decessa.
Â This past weekend, the two young men were again arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police for allegedly engaging in similar criminal behavior. On February 23, between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., police say Lopez, 20, broke into the store Weekend Warriors on Long Island Avenue in Sag Harbor, by using a pry bar to open a rear door.
Â According to police, Lopez proceeded to steal approximately $349 in cash from the store’s register. Later that same day, at around 7:20 a.m., police say Wawryk, also 20, attempted to gain entry into the Black Cat Book Store, located at 78 Main Street. Wawryk is said to have used a butter knife to jimmy the lock of the front door. According to Mackey, a witness, however, saw Wawryk and he then fled the scene.
Â Mackey reported that village police launched an investigation of the incidents and gathered evidence including video surveillance footage, physical evidence and a series of interviews. Lopez was allegedly seen on video footage from the surveillance cameras of businesses neighboring Weekend Warriors, including 7-Eleven and physical evidence consisted of the pry bar, which was left at the scene of the crime. In addition, numerous interviews conducted by the police helped round out the investigation and lead to the arrests of Lopez and Wawryk.
Â Although the crimes were allegedly committed in February, the two young men weren’t arrested until Saturday, March 14. According to Mackey, both men have confessed to the crimes and signed written confessions. Although they acted independently at each location, Mackey said police ascertained during the investigation that Lopez and Wawryk had spent time together on February 23, before the crimes were committed.
Â Wawryk was arrested and charged with attempted burglary in the third degree, a class E felony. He was later issued an appearance ticket and released on a cash bail of $100. Because Lopez successfully committed a burglary, he faces more serious charges and stricter bail terms. Lopez was arrested on charges of burglary in the third degree, a class D felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned at the Southampton Town Justice Court on Sunday, March 15 and was remanded to Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead in lieu of his bail, which was set at $51,085. Wawryk’s arraignment is set for Monday, March 23.
Â “I am happy there was an arrest,” said David Lys, the owner of Weekend Warriors.Â
Above: Mugshots of Bryan Lopez and Andrew Wawryk.Â