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Fabrice Twagirumukiza, 26, of Sag Harbor, allegedly failed to make a turn signal into the 7-11 parking lot on Thursday, August 13, while on a blue mo-ped. Sag Harbor Village Police say Twagirumukiza was stopped for an interview and a check of his license revealed that he had almost seven suspensions. Police claim that Twagirumukiza’s breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his speech was slurred. Twagirumukiza faces charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, both felonies.
According to Sag Harbor Village Police reports, the president of an LLC reported to police that he had received a check from Edmund “Jean Luc” Kleefield, 43 of New York City on July 23, in the amount of $12,500 for rent due on the JLX Bistro property located at 16 Main Street. However, when the man went to deposit the check into his account, it was allegedly returned for insufficient funds. Kleefield faces charges of issuing a bad check, a misdemeanor. Kleefield claims the check was part of a personal transaction and should have been voided. He maintains it is a civil matter and should not have been brought to the police.

Sag Harbor Village Police pulled over Mary Rivas, 35, of Sayville, NY on Wednesday, August 12, on Jermain Avenue. Police say Rivas was seen driving at the intersection of Jermain Avenue and Division Street without wearing a seat belt. A Department of Motor Vehicle scan of Riva’s license plate allegedly revealed that her vehicle’s registration was suspended in September 2008 for an insurance lapse. Rivas faces charges of driving a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor, and failing to wear a seatbelt, a violation.
On Saturday, August 15, Sag Harbor Village Police stopped Darwin Benenaula, 28, of East Hampton on Route 114 near Hampton Street for allegedly driving while talking on a cell phone. Police say they discovered that Benenaula’s license was revoked three times for driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, another revocation was dated back to August 2004 for three speeding violations or misdemeanors within 18 months and a third revocation dated December 2008 for three speeding violations or misdemeanors. Benenaula faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Alfredo Perez, 48, of Sag Harbor was stopped by Southampton Town Police in Southampton on Saturday, August 15, after receiving numerous calls of an erratic driver on County Road 39. According to the arrest report, the registration number was relayed to police. An officer reportedly saw Perez’s vehicle on County Road 39 near the intersection of Sandy Hollow Road. Perez allegedly moved from the right lane of travel to the left lane three separate times and in an unsafe manner. Perez was stopped and was said to be found intoxicated. Perez faces charges of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and unlicensed operator, a violation.

Southampton Town Police say Ramon DeJesus, 30, of Brooklyn was stopped in Bridgehampton on Friday, August 7, after allegedly failing to yield right of way at a traffic circle on Scuttle Hole Road. When the officer asked for DeJesus’ license, he apparently discovered that it was suspended and DeJesus had been granted a restricted license which he could only use to drive to and from work. DeJesus faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

William O’Boyle, 24, of Greenwich, CT was pulled over by Southampton Town Police on Monday, July 20, in Bridgehamtpon for allegedly committing two traffic violations, including speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign and reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
Miguel Criollo, 33, of East Hampton was stopped by Southampton Town Police for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Criollo was pulled over in Bridgehampton on Montauk Highway for allegedly making an unsafe lane change. A Department of Motor Vehicle Check allegedly revealed that Criollo’s driving privileges were suspended.

According to Southampton Town Police reports, a Mamaroneck, NY resident was attending a birthday party on a Sagaponack beach last week. During the party, he took off his watch and stashed it in the glove compartment of his car. On his way home, the victim noticed that the contents of his center console were on the passenger seat and he soon discovered his watch, valued at $2,500, was missing.

Last week, a Noyac resident went to her car, parked at her residence, only to discover her driver’s side door ajar and noticed several items were moved in the vehicle. When she was cleaning up her car, the victim discovered that an Ipod, worth $300, an Itrip Ipod holder, worth $50, and a case holder, worth $20, were missing.

On Saturday, August 15, a Tommy Hilfiger wallet worth $1,000, two credit cards, $1,000 in cash and a drivers license were stolen from a car parked in Noyac, says a report filed with the Southampton Town Police. The victim told police that two males entered his car and removed the items from the center console, before leaving the scene in a black Land Rover.

A manager of a Bridgehampton’s children’s organization reported to Southampton Town Police that a former employee mismanaged the organization’s finances and had stolen nearly $46,000 in checks. The victim told police that the suspect worked for her as a financial manager and has taken money since 2005, but it wasn’t discovered until February of 2008. The suspect was subsequently fired and if prosecuted faces charges of grand larceny in the third degree, a felony.

On Tuesday, August 11, a North Haven resident received a phony phone call from a person pretending to be her nephew. The caller told the victim that he needed bail money or would go to jail. The victim then spoke to a person claiming to be a Sergeant from the Hudson Police Department in Ontario and arranged payment, totaling $3,008, through a third party. The victim soon became suspicious and contacted her nephew’s parents. Her nephew in fact hadn’t been arrested and didn’t ask for the bail money. Southampton Town Police contacted the Ontario Police, who stated that this was a scam and said it had happened in the past. The Ontario Police added that they are currently investigating the incident.

Several witnesses told Southampton Town Police that two elderly men had a verbal argument over a table at a Bridgehampton coffee shop on Sunday, August 9. The men’s verbal tussle soon turned physical. However, when police arrived at the scene both men said they didn’t wish to press charges, and one of the men admitted that he pushed the other first.

Almost $60,000 worth of furniture and $40,000 worth of kitchen appliances were stolen from a Bridgehampton home that was recently sold. The victim told Southampton Town Police that the home was just completed and ready to close this week. When the realtor and new buyer walked into the home, they realized that all the furniture and appliances were stolen from their original place.

Police Blotter: Tractor Accident Temporarily Shuts Down LIRR

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On Wednesday, February 19, the Southampton Town police reported a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Tuckahoe Road at the intersection with County Road 39, in Southampton. An accident investigation revealed that a tractor trailer operated by Jason Lee Poling, 35, of Michigan attempted to negotiate a right turn onto Tuckahoe Road from County Road 39, but impacted with a Long Island Rail Road crossing gate support pole causing the rear axle to lodge on one of the support pilings and the tractor trailer became stuck across the railroad tracks. The LIRR was immediately advised to halt train traffic in the area and Tuckahoe Road was closed to vehicle traffic. Once the vehicle had been removed, the LIRR service reopened.

Michael Rincon, 20, of Hampton Bays was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on Thursday, February 19. Police say Rincon was observed driving a 2000 Ford Focus down Jermain Avenue, and was reportedly speeding at 41 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. When stopped by police, a Department of Motor Vehicle scan revealed that his drivers license was revoked on January 6, 2009, for driving while his ability was impaired by alcohol. His license was suspended, pending prosecution by the court. On Thursday, Rincon was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and speeding, a violation.

According to Southampton Town Police, a Sag Harbor resident reported on Thursday, February 19, unknown suspects shot the front siding and roofing, along the north west side of his employer’s Southampton residence with numerous pink paintballs. The victim stated the incident caused a substantial inconvenience because he had to wash the paint off the residence.

On Saturday, February 21, Marshall Crowley, 68 of Hampton Bays was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on the charge of failing to appear in court. Southampton Village Police picked up Crowley at the Sag Harbor Village police station, where he had been temporarily held. Crowley was then turned over to the East Hampton Town Police Department, where he was held until his arraignment.

Some driveway lights were ripped out of the ground on a North Haven property, says a report filed with the Southampton Town Police. The victim told police the damage exceeds $250. Police have no leads at this time.

Javier Viteri Calle, was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on Saturday, February 21. Calle was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and unlicensed operator, a violation. According to police, Calle was observed driving on Hampton Street, when he failed to keep to the right side of the road and drove his vehicle in the wrong lane of traffic. Police say Calle failed to pull over when the police car’s overhead light was turned on. He allegedly continued to drive on the wrong side of the road. Shortly after the sirens were used, in conjunction with the overhead lights, Calle was pulled to the side of the road. Once Calle was stopped on Hampton Street, the police say they ascertained that Calle was intoxicated by alcohol.

An East Hampton resident reported on Thursday, February 19 someone threw a brick through the passenger side window of her car and stole her handbag while it was parked at a non-profit Bridgehampton organization. The victim told police there were several items in her handbag, including her debit and credit cards, $40 dollars in cash, her driver’s license and her check book. She also informed police the bag was worth $120. The victim believed the damage to her window will cost close to $300.

On Wednesday, February 18, at 10 a.m. Jason Katalinas, 23, of South Berlin, N.Y., was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor. According to Southampton Town Police, Katalinas was observed operating his 2000 Chrysler on Route 114 in North Haven and stopped for a tinted windows violation. A driver’s license check revealed that his license had five suspensions. During the traffic stop, a passenger was found to be in possession of a small quantity marijuana. William Katalinas, 21, of Afton, N.Y. was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Both men were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court.

According to Southampton Town Police, an unknown person or persons, chopped down several trees at a Sagaponack residence between Saturday, January 31, and Saturday, February 7. Police say no evidence was left at the scene. The victim reported the location is a summer community with no permanent residents.

A North Sea resident’s car was allegedly stolen from his driveway, along with his wallet, between Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, 22. According to a report filed with the Southampton Town Police, the car keys were in the unlocked vehicle.

A Water Mill resident was driving through Sag Harbor when, he says, his Volvo was struck by a silver Cadillac on Noyac Road. The police searched the area but failed to find a car matching the victim’s description.

Southampton Town Police say on Tuesday, February 17, a North Sea resident was issued a bad check by a prospective renter. The victim told police he had posted an advertisement on the Internet for a room he was renting in his home during the summer. He then received a reply from the suspect. The suspect later sent the victim four moneygram money orders for $1,000 each. The suspect allegedly informed the victim she was sending her belongings to the residence ahead of time and the shipment would be C.O.D., or cash on delivery. The victim deposited the money orders into his bank account and was told it would take three to five days to clear. On Wednesday, February 18, the suspect contacted the victim and told him she needed the money back to pay the shipping company prior to the shipment. The victim supposedly sent $650, of his own money, through Western Union, but then later discovered the money orders were void.

Police Blotter: What’s Not In Your Wallet?

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According to Sag Harbor Village police, a bank teller at Capitol One Bank, in Sag Harbor, allegedly stole more than $11,000 from her employer. On November 15, someone from 7-eleven made a deposit with the bank teller. Police say that the teller subsequently took the money, and a log of the deposit was never registered on the bank’s computer system. Capitol One has video evidence of the teller committing the crime, said village Leiutenant Tom McKay. McKay added that although the teller later confessed to the crime, Capitol One didn’t report the crime to police until Tuesday, January 6, and have not signed an affidavit. Police believe the teller is in the process of repaying the sum to the bank.

A Sag Harbor Pierson High School student was allegedly assaulted on Thursday, January 8. The victim had been involved in a fight on the second floor hallway of the high school, reports the Sag Harbor Village Police. According to police, the victim sustained numerous injuries, including a broken cheekbone, fractured eye socket, broken nose and possible nerve damage. The student was rushed to Southampton Hospital. Police say that an arrest is pending and an investigation of the incident is ongoing.

On Tuesday, January 6, Pamela Prager, 55, of New York, NY was arrested by the Sag Harbor Village Police on charges of aggravated unlicensed in the third degree, a misdemeanor, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, both traffic violations. Police say they observed Prager operating here vehicle on Division Street with less than two brake lights. Upon traffic stop at Division Street, a scan of her license allegedly showed that her operating privileges in New York State had been suspended in July 2008 for failure to answer a summons.

Pedro Diaz, 40, of Mattituck was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on Friday, January 8. Police say that Diaz was stopped on Hampton Street for traffic violations and a drivers license check revealed that he had an active Bench Warrant out of Southold Town.

Several items were reportedly stolen from a vehicle parked in the parking lot of Bridgehampton commons on Wednesday, January 7. According to Southampton Town Police, the victim, a Brooklyn resident, reported that the hatch back of her vehicle was unlocked and that a laptop car charger, worth $25, two sets of Legos blocks, worth $17, and a pair of bookends, worth $10, were taken from the vehicle.

According to Southampton Town Police, on Sunday, January 4, three unknown persons damaged a spot light on the grounds of North Haven business. Police say that the unknown persons also knocked down a Christmas tree and broke a guard booth window. Although the business does have video surveillance of the area, say police, it does not show the exact are where the damage occurred. Instead, police report that the video shows three people walking around the area, two women and one man, and three vehicle: a gray jeep, a dark-colored Mercedes-Benz, and possibly a Lexus. Police say that the owner believes the damages total less than $1,000. This case is active pending further investigation and the Southampton Town Police urges anyone with any information to call their offices.

Joao Martins, 54, of Farmingville was arrested at 9 a.m. in Bridgehampton on Sunday, January 4. According to Southampton Town Police, Martins was observed hunting on a private property. He was later released and issued an appearance ticket. Martins faces charges of trespassing, a misdemeanor. On the same day, at 10:41 a.m., Joao Silva, 58, of Holtsville, NY was also arrested on the premises for allegedly hunting on the property without permission.

On Monday, January 5, Katheryn Cooke was arrested by Southampton Town Police in Noyac on charges of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Cooke, 18, of West Sand, NY was allegedly involved in a single motor vehicle accident, where her vehicle rolled-over. Police reported that Cooke’s breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage and she allegedly failed a field test. Police say they asked her why her vehicle had departed the roadway and she stated that she had imbibed a few shots. Cooke was then transferred to Southampton Hospital for medical treatment, but reportedly refused treatment and was released.

On Wednesday, January 7, at 6:17 p.m. Chloe Gifkins, 19, of Sagaponack was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. The vehicle was impounded.

As a North Sea resident was out for a walk on the morning of Wednesday, December 17, Southampton Town Police say that she noticed one of her neighbor’s kitchen window was broken. According to police, the following morning she went for another walk and noticed that the window was still broken. Later that day, the woman called the police. They did searched the house, but couldn’t determine if any items had been stolen. The police say that they later called the homeowner, who reported that he hadn’t been in the house for two months.

On Thursday, January 8, a North Sea resident reported that four bottles of alcohol were stolen from her home. Southampton Town Police believe that the subjects entered through the unlocked garage door then broke a small window on an inside door to gain access to the residence. Police also suspect that the subject(s) exited the same way they entered. The victim allegedly reported to police that nothing else was taken from the home, except the two bottles of wine, worth $12 each a $25 bottle of vodka, and a $25 bottle of gin.

On Sunday, January 11, at about 1:30 p.m. Southampton Town Police responded of a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle on North Sea Road in Southampton. Upon investigating, police say they determined that a 2005 For Taurus, operated by Stephen Grozio, 56 of Southampton was northbound on North Sea Road when the driver suffered a medical condition which caused him to briefly lose consciousness, driving onto the shoulder of the roadway and striking the pedestrian. The pedestrian was identified as Jose Luis Silva, 23, of Southampton. Silva was treated at the scene by the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance and transported to Stony Brook University Hospital by a Suffolk County Police helicopter for treatment of his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Southampton Hospital, and no charges have been filed against him.