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Detective Makes a Visit to Pierson Middle School

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By Claire Walla


Sag Harbor Village Police Detective Jeff Proctor made his way to the Pierson Middle/High School campus last Thursday, January 2 where he proceeded to Mrs. Duff’s second-floor classroom and stood face-to-face with 16 middle school students.

He wasn’t there to make an arrest, or investigate a case; he was there to educate the students on the consequences of their actions. From graffiti and trespassing to possession of marijuana, Det. Proctor discussed the legal ramifications for such crimes. And he explained how the justice system works.

Misdemeanors (like making graffiti) are punishable by up to one year in jail, he said, while felonies (like dealing drugs) are punishable by more than one year in prison.

“And there is a difference between jail and prison,” Det. Proctor cautioned, pointing out that the Riverhead Jail holds less extreme offenders than New York State prisons do.

The students commented sporadically on Det. Proctor’s presentation, offering up definitions for key phrases, like “peer” and “consequence” when asked to do so. And, after estimating that roughly 15 percent of their class probably smokes pot, they discussed the downsides to marijuana use. (Such suggested drawbacks included: “it affects how you act,” “you can get suspended,” “it makes you feel depressed,” “memory loss,” and “it’s expensive.”)

Finally, a student in the front row pepped up and questioned the detective about the examples he had been using throughout his presentation to illustrate his points, like the circumstance he described involving kids trespassing and spray-painting an abandoned building in the village.

“Where are you getting all these examples from?” the student asked.

“Where do you think?” Det. Proctor answered right back. “It happened!”

Kayakers Rescued By Cops

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By Claire Walla


When they set out in their kayaks in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 29, the weather wasn’t exactly perfect. But, it certainly wasn’t as bad as it eventually became.

October 29 marked the day of that freak fall snowstorm, which blanketed much of New York and Connecticut with snow. While the East End was relatively spared from snow, the storm did bring lots of rain and managed to stir up some dicey conditions.

It was around 7 a.m. when Sag Harbor residents Mike and Joe Tremblay and their friend John Larmor of Hampton Bays found themselves in choppy waters off Haven’s Beach in Sag Harbor Bay.

“When a Nor’easter blows in, you can check your iPhone all day [for weather conditions], but it can be unpredictable,” Larmor said in an interview.

High winds had blown thick cloud cover over the water, making it difficult to navigate. According to Larmor, the boaters were somewhere in the middle of the bay when conditions really turned and the double kayak shared by Larmor’s friends was suddenly inundated by water and beginning to sink.

That’s when they called police.

Sag Harbor Village Police officers, along with Harbor Master Bob Bori, got into a rescue craft and headed out to the kayakers.

“They got there pretty quickly,” Larmor said. “At first they couldn’t really see us [because of the fog],” he continued, but after trying to steer police in the right direction via cell phone, Larmor said everyone was located and brought back to the Long Wharf transient dock within roughly 15 minutes.

Though ambulance crews greeted the trio on shore, Larmor said it was just procedural: no one had sustained any serious injury.

“Anyone in a small craft in cold water has to be careful,” Larmor added. “It can be very unpredictable out there. In the course of just a few hours conditions can totally shift, and you can be totally unprepared for [what the weather might bring].”

Taking It To The Streets—By Bike

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By Claire Walla

They travel by horse, helicopter, motorcycle or car — even roller blades and Segways (my personal favorite) are fair game. Police officers have many ways of patrolling the streets. But here in Sag Harbor, when village police aren’t confined to a car, they prefer bikes.
With the addition of Officer Dave Driscoll who joined the village police squad last summer, Sag Harbor Village now has four certified bike cops. The 24-speed two-wheelers they ride give policemen a relatively hassle-free way to travel through the village.
I met Officer Driscoll at the station at 6:30 p.m. one recent Saturday night. Truth be told, half of me was eager to witness in person what I usually see written-out each week when I compile the police blotter. But, the other half was apprehensive of what an arrest would be like for someone on a bike. If you’ve ever read blotter, you know Sag Harbor is not necessarily immune to uncooperative arrestees. Maintaining law and order with a high-speed, patrol car on your side is one thing; getting into harm’s way with little more than a bicycle to get you out — that’s a little different.
Fortunately, Driscoll has top-of-the-line equipment. His mountain bike was donated by a shop in East Hampton, which outfitted the vehicle with bright LCD lights in front, a flashing red light in back, and the ability to flip colored panels to achieve that well-known red-and-blue blinking light effect. This custom bike even came equipped with its own siren, a deafening wail that — when standing only inches away — seemed even louder than the high-pitched whine standard for your average police vehicle.
Driscoll explained that each certified bike cop has to complete a weeklong training course. His took place at Suffolk Police Academy in Westhampton. There, police men and women take part in a real life bike boot camp: learning how to mount and dismount their bike efficiently, how to descend and even climb up a flight of stairs, how to “track stand” (or, maintain a standing position with both feet on the pedals for an extended period of time, like while stopped at a red light).
“We had a range day where we did some pursuit riding and learned how to dismount off the bike and shoot at targets,” Driscoll said. “On the last day we did a 30- to 40-mile night ride.”
While a little more assured of what I was getting into, I immediately came to grasp the benefits of traveling light as soon as we set out. After leaving the station and heading north on Route 114, we swiftly slid down the right-hand shoulder, past a line of cars all waiting to turn left onto Bay Street. Mimicking their route, we hung a left and flew past all the vehicles essentially parked at this Bay Street bottleneck I’ve grown so accustomed to, myself, as a driver.
While sailing along, I noticed Driscoll was being carefully observant. We were inches away from each vehicle, so he could actually peer in through the passenger side window and check to make sure seat-belt laws weren’t being violated and even see whether passenger seats were free of, well, incriminating materials.
“The best thing about being on a bike is that no one knows you’re coming,” he said.
I figured this was a less probable, now that Driscoll was traveling with a reporter in pigtails and a cameraman weighted down by several satchels of gear while pedaling furiously on a bright-yellow bike two sizes too small — but I can see how this would be the case ordinarily. We paused by Bay Street Theatre to examine a run-down hatchback that appeared to have one too many bodies crammed into the backseat. But, as it turned out, it was just cramped (such is the nature of a hatch-back.)
We continued our loop through the village by heading toward the back parking lots to the west of Main Street, and I asked Driscoll about the dangers of navigating high-traffic roads.
“There are a lot of crazy drivers everywhere, so you have to be aware of your surroundings — you almost have to have eyes in the back of your head,” he said, explaining that his uniform is equipped with reflectors. “There aren’t a lot of shoulders, there aren’t a lot of streetlights here, and in the summer it seems everyone’s always in a rush to go somewhere.”
And then — as if on cue — Driscoll pardoned himself and sped off for the parking lot.
“It’s not our fault, it’s his!” the passenger of the vehicle shrieked as Driscoll rolled to the parked car trying to back out of a spot in the midst two others attempting to take it.
We had stumbled upon our first incident of the evening: a parking feud. An S.U.V. and a luxury sedan were facing one other in what seemed like a sudden death scenario, competing for a soon-to-be-vacated space. Driscoll cleared the way for the car to leave and quickly extricated himself from the conflict. The S.U.V. bitterly drove off. Totally impartial, Driscoll picked the conversation where we left off. I got the sense he does this a lot.
Next, we meandered over to the corner of Main and Spring Streets, where we perched ourselves next to the curb to watch the flow of traffic. While riding around with a cop, it had become clear to me that the notion of being “on duty” brings with it a certain view of the world. You’re not riding defensively — even though you are certainly hoping to avert erratic drivers — you’re proactively looking for violations and errors.
Once again, mid-sentence, Driscoll spotted something my eyes have not been trained to see — and he was off.
A man in a Jeep who turned left onto Spring was not wearing a seatbelt. After signaling for him to pull over, Driscoll questioned the man and learned that the driver had just come back from a day at the beach and was less than two minutes from home. Noticing that the man had no prior record and that he was indeed in the right vicinity, Driscoll let him off with a warning.
This was not the case for a driver on Long Wharf whom Driscoll approached for parking in an undesignated parking space. After learning she was also driving without a license, Driscoll issued her several violations before telling her to call someone to pick her up and move the car.
In the course of the evening, we made several loops around Main Street and stopped by Haven’s Beach. Twice. (As far as we could tell, it was empty.) The fastest we sped was north on Route 114 in pursuit of a car that had run a stop sign. The driver ended up getting away. And the most deftly maneuvered traffic stop came later in the evening when Driscoll caught up with a pick-up truck with a broken taillight blasting loud music which attempted to turn left onto Main Street. For a moment it seemed as if the truck would try to out-run the bike cop, but the young driver complied and pulled over on the side of Long Island Avenue. He got off with a warning.
Before we knew it, it was 11 p.m. and Driscoll’s shift was over. There had only been one DWI arrest (by another officer), which I assumed to be low-key for a Sag Harbor summer night, and Main Street establishments were just beginning to empty.
I asked Officer Driscoll if he was perhaps a bit disappointed by the fact that the evening was so slow. He had made no arrests. But, he responded the way you’d expect any seasoned cop to answer.
“If nothing happens,” he began, “then it’s a good night.”

Village Tussles with Former Chief Over $70,000 Misunderstanding

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Trustees Drop Former Police Chief from Insurance

By Kathryn G. Menu

Former Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Joseph Ialacci was dropped from the Village of Sag Harbor’s health plan last week after village officials said he racked up over $70,000 in health care bills using village insurance over the last four years when he should have been using his Medicare coverage.

During a special Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, December 30, the board voted to drop Ialacci and his wife from village insurance after they said Ialacci had yet to repay the village through Medicare reimbursement for those false charges.

According to a letter from Island Group Administration, the East Hampton company that handles the village’s insurance policies, in August 2010 it was discovered Ialacci’s insurance claims should have been paid by Medicare, and charges he “purposefully” withheld his Medicare eligibility during a routine enrollment update in 2006.

According to Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride, since August the village has been working with Ialacci to recover over $70,000 through Medicare, as well as $6,700 not eligible for reimbursement, that would have to be repaid to the village out of pocket.

Gilbride said, Ialacci had informed him when he went to the doctor he tried to use his Medicare card, but it was not activated so he used his village insurance instead.

While Ialacci agreed to pay the village back, Gilbride said the village has yet to see a dime.

Ialacci, who resides in Florida now, asked all inquiries into the matter be made to his attorney, John Bracken of Bracken & Margolin.

According to Bracken, the situation was simply the result of Ialacci not understanding he needed to switch to Medicare as his primary insurance with his contractually obligated village insurance acting as a supplemental plan.

“When he got this claim, he was floored,” said Bracken, noting there would be no financial benefit for Ialacci to use his village insurance over Medicare.
“It is not like he was pocketing the money or defrauding someone,” said Bracken. “He just didn’t know.”

Bracken said he was working with the Social Security Administration as well as two hospitals and doctors on getting the village reimbursed through Island Group, but added it can be a time consuming process.

“The bottom line is he is doing the right thing,” said Bracken. “We have gone back to Medicare to get this straightened out and we have cooperation, but it is not an overnight process.”

He added, the process, called “a coordination of benefits” will be done between Medicare and Island Group, with not a dime passing through Ialacci.

“There is no money going into his hands, nor has there ever,” said Bracken who added that he believes the $6,700 not reimbursable under Medicare should have been covered by the village as Ialacci’s supplemental insurance carrier.

He added, after reviewing Ialacci’s contract with the village, that the paragraph guaranteeing the former police chief lifetime coverage through the village is crystal clear and makes no mention of a requirement to switch to Medicare, a standard practice in these types of contracts, said Bracken.

“Cancellation of this policy is unequivocally against the law and his contract, which he retired pursuant to,” said Bracken. “We will ask that it be reinstated immediately or we will bring an action in federal court. They have really jumped the gun here.”

Gilbride said “the bottom line” is that the village tried to work with Ialacci, even to develop a payment schedule for the $6,700 they believe he will have to pay out of pocket, but have been unable to get cooperation.

“They agreed to do it, but never did,” said Gilbride. “My obligation is to village taxpayers, and we have to get paid back for this.”

Detective Proctor Named “Officer of the Year”

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By Marissa Maier

For a detective on the Sag Harbor Village Police force, Jeffrey Proctor had a banner year in 2009. According to police chief Thomas Fabiano, Proctor made a string of drug related arrests in the summer, solved a few assault and burglary cases and still had time for patrol work during the slower months. For his work in 2009, Proctor was named “Officer of the Year” by Fabiano on January 15. Proctor, a nine-year veteran of the force, received the same accolade in 2003 as an officer. But this year marks the first time he is being commended for his work as a detective.

Proctor joined the Sag Harbor Village Police in 2001, moving from the Westhampton Beach Police Department. From 2002 through 2005, he worked in local schools as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor. It wasn’t until 2008 that Proctor was promoted to the position of detective.

“I guess [detective work] is different, but when I was a patrolman I would follow up with criminal mischief cases. I had a routine of following up on certain types of crime,” recalled Proctor. “It was a different job. As a patrolman you are proactive in preventing crime. Now I am more reactive.”

As a detective, Proctor spends much of his time conducting undercover investigations including a case this summer which led to the arrests of two individuals. One of these defendants, Christopher Matzinger, 33, of Sag Harbor faced felony charges for allegedly possessing and attempting to sell 14 small bags of cocaine. Chief Fabiano noted this case and others clinched Proctor’s spot as the officer of the year.

“Jeff was one of the leading officers in a series of arrests during the year. He did an outstanding job last summer with a few drug arrests,” remarked Fabiano. “Jeff is an outstanding performer. He is a self-motivated guy. He understands the needs of the department and community. Jeff starts things and completes them.”

Police Blotter: Mailbox Crash

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Southampton Town Police say Brian Locascio, 25, of Sag Harbor fell asleep behind the wheel of his car while driving on Noyac Road on Saturday, December 12, at 7:15 a.m. According to police, Locascio drove into several mailboxes and then continued on Noyac Road. He allegedly stopped partially on the road and then fell asleep. Police claim Locascio was intoxicated and that he failed a pre-screen breath test. Locascio faces charges of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and aggravated driving while intoxicated, also a misdemeanor, for having a blood alcohol content at or above .18 percent. Locascio was transported to police headquarters for processing and held for a morning arraignment. He also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, a violation.

Juan Posada, 29, of East Hampton was pulled over by Sag Harbor Village Police on Tuesday, December 8, for allegedly driving on Route 114 while using a cell phone. Once stopped, police claim they learned Posada’s license had been suspended for a pending court prosecution from August 2008. Posada faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and unlawful use of a mobile phone, a violation.

While a Sag Harbor Village Police officer was on a routine patrol, he allegedly saw William Lowe, 23, of Bridgehampton urinating on the street in front of a bar on Long Island Avenue. Lowe faces charges of disorderly conduct, a violation. Police say he was processed and released to his mother.

Sag Harbor Village Police say they responded to an alarm allegedly set off by a girl under the age of 16 and a 17-year-old Sag Harbor male who were at Pierson school on Saturday December 5, at around 4:44 p.m. without permission to be on the premises. The teenagers were transported back to police headquarters. The male faces charges of criminal trespass in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Because the female is under 16 years of age she was released to her father.

Sag Harbor Village Police say they stopped Aliaga Guillermo, 47, of East Quogue driving down Main Street with a broken brake light on Thursday, December 10. Police also allegedly discovered that Guillermo’s vehicle registration had been suspended due to an insurance lapse, which is a misdemeanor charge.

A Main Street cafe reported to Sag Harbor Village Police that a bundle of newspapers and a bag of bagels were stolen from the shop early in the morning on Saturday, December 12. Employees of the shop told police that the items had been dropped off at the front of the store and were then stolen. The thief, or thieves, left the ties that hold the newspapers and the bags which carry the bagels at the scene of the crime.

Southampton Town Police say Michael Helstowski, 46, of Bridgehampton was pulled over at the intersection of Lumber Lane and Montauk Highway for driving through a red light on Monday, November 30. Police claim a scan of Helstowski’s license revealed that his drivers license was suspended for failing to pay child support and an insurance lapse. Helstowski’s vehicle registration was also expired, allege police. He faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and driving an unregistered motor vehicle, also a misdemeanor.

Patrick Bentivegna, 37, of Bohemia was allegedly at the intersection of Barclay Drive and Red Coats Lane in North Haven when he drove off the road and into a lake on Sunday, November 29, at 12:24 p.m. Southampton Town Police say Bentivegna’s license was suspended and he was issued a summons. Bentivegna also faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

On Friday, December 4, a Southampton Town Police officer allegedly saw Stelian Popavrabie, 34, of Sunnyside fishing at the end of Lake Road in Bridgehampton while drinking from an open container of alcohol. Police say Popavrabie faces charges of open container, a violation, for drinking in public.

A Sag Harbor man was notified by his bank, Hudson Savings Bank, that six electronic transactions, totaling $53.00 had been made on www.skype.com using his personal account information. The bank said they will follow up on the origins of the transactions.

Southampton Town Police report that a red BMX “Mirraco” bike was stolen from the front yard of an Oak Drive residence in Sag Harbor on Sunday, December 6. The victim, a Sag Harbor mother, told the police that the bike belonged to her 12-year-old son and was worth $550.

A Bridgehampton resident reported to Southampton Town Police that a Lite Speed bicycle, worth $2,500, was stolen from his home though there were no signs of forced entry. The homeowner believes someone who knew the location of the spare key or the alarm access code entered the house and stole the bike.

Earlier this month, a woman attempted to leave a Bridgehampton food store with a cart full of groceries. An employee of the store said the woman passed the point of sale with groceries totaling $292.43, when he caught up with her and made her return the items. The woman then fled the store and although the employee found the woman’s car he wasn’t able to make a civilian arrest.

Approximately seven copper leaders from the gutters of a Bridgehampton home were stolen earlier this month, say a report filed with Southampton Town Police. The homeowner told police that the alarm wasn’t activated nor did a video surveillance of the area offer any information. The copper leaders were valued at $5,000 in total.

The Southampton Town Police Street Crime Unit reportedly shut down a marijuana grow house in Flanders last week. Following a brief investigation, Carl Tarello , 41, admitted to police that he was utilizing his home to grow marijuana. He told police that he had been growing the plant in California prior to moving to New York in March of 2009, and said he believed it should be legal to grow the plant in New York State. After conducting a search of Tarello’s home, police say they found 20 marijuana plants, several pounds of harvested marijuana, four illegally possessed hand guns, 13 long guns, 30,000 rounds of ammunition, a drug scale, packaging material and growing lights and equipment. Tarello faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a felony, two counts of criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, a felony, two counts of criminal possession in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor, and unlawfully growing marijuana, a misdemeanor. Tarello was arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Police Blotter: Baby Left Out in the Cold

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Southampton Town Police have arrested a 20-year-old Bridgehampton woman for leaving her four-month-old infant in the parking lot of Schmidt’s Market on Friday, November 6. According to police, Gilda Rojas left her baby in a car seat by the side of the building. Rojas then allegedly left the scene as she was reportedly verbally fighting with an unidentified male. Police say the baby was alone for 15 minutes in cold weather and was wearing “improper clothing.” Neighbors found the infant in the parking lot after hearing crying. Rojas is said to have returned to Schmidt’s, 1282 North Sea Road, Southampton, before police arrived, but both she and her baby were taken to police headquarters in Hampton Bays. Rojas was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Child protective services were also made aware of the incident.
John Hollyer, 43, of Sag Harbor, was pulled over by Sag Harbor Village Police on Monday, November 9, for allegedly speeding in a school zone. Police say Hollyer was stopped on Hampton Street where they discovered his license was suspended for an insurance lapse and failing to answer three summons dating back to October 25, 2009. Hollyer faces charges of speeding, a violation, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

On Saturday, November 7, Southampton Town Police say they pulled over Kevin Street, 45, of Bridgehampton for speeding on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. When the officer attempted to stop the car, Street allegedly pulled into a private driveway. Police say Street then fled to the front porch of the home where there was a group of aggressive, albeit restrained, pit bulls. A female passenger, Kristen Morgan, 26, of East Hampton remained in the car and was later escorted out by police. According to police, after additional officers arrived at the scene, Street left the porch. Police say Street had an active bench warrant for his arrest out of Southampton Town for a larceny charge. Street now faces the charges of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and speeding, a violation.

Morgan also had an active probation warrant with Suffolk County.

Vicente Procel, 28, of Riverhead was pulled over by a Southampton Town Police officer in Water Mill on Tuesday, November 3, for allegedly having insufficient taillights. After stopping Procel, police say the officer discovered that Procel’s license had been revoked. He faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor.
On Tuesday, November 3, Southampton Town Police say William Perez was involved in a car accident on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Perez, 30, of Riverhead allegedly hit a parked car and continued driving. According to police, Perez eventually stopped after driving a quarter mile down the road. Police say they discovered that Perez’s license was suspended for failing to answer a summons. He faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

Southampton Town Police pulled over Jose Escalante, 36, of Mastic for a traffic violation on Monday, November 2, at the intersection of Noyac Path and Little Noyac Path. Police say a check of Escalante’s license revealed that it had been suspended for an insurance lapse. Escalante faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor.
David Chapin, 44, of Sag Harbor was pulled over by Southampton Town Police on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton on Wednesday, October 28, for a traffic violation. Police say they discovered that Chapin’s license was also suspended for failing to pay his insurance. He faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor.
On Sunday, November 1, a Westhampton resident was partying at a Bridgehampton Turnpike restaurant, which doubles at a club, when a female friend was allegedly aggressively escorted out of the building by a bouncer. The Westhampton man told police that the woman was grabbed and picked up by the neck. The man’s girlfriend allegedly started fighting with the bouncer over the treatment of her friend when the man started talking to the bouncers, looking for an explanation. He was then picked up by a different bouncer and taken out of the club. Outside, two other bouncers allegedly started punching the man in the face and head. A different bouncer was reportedly holding back the man’s girlfriend. Three days later, on November 4, the man went to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center to treat a maxillary fracture, double vision, swelling, bruising and substantial pain to the face and left eye. Police say they haven’t discovered the identities of the bouncers at this time.

A Bridgehampton couple reported to Southampton Town Police that four flat screen televisions were stolen from their home. The couple had left the house on October 23 and returned on Friday, November 6, to find the front door unlocked. Police say the burglar or burglars entered through a front window, first removing the screen with a screwdriver. ADT, the couple’s alarm company, said an alarm wasn’t set off during the stunt. The total value of the televisions is around $30,000. The couple added that two pillows, worth a total of $200, and eight placemats, worth a total of $300, were also stolen from the home.

Pair Charged with $10G Copper Wire Theft

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Over the past two years, the police blotter of The Sag Harbor Express has been riddled with accounts of stolen copper. Adding to the growing list of incidents, Gary Collins, 42, of Patchogue, was arrested last week by Sag Harbor Village Police for stealing several thousand dollars worth of copper wiring from Sag Harbor Industries. Since August, Collins has allegedly been stealing the metal from the company’s location at 60 Bay Street, where Sag Harbor Industries stored the material in the basement. Manual+Sports Physical Therapy, Innovative Diagnostics and Doctor John Oppenheimer operate out of the rest of the space.
Detectives with both Southampton and East Hampton Town Police said copper theft has been prevalent in the last couple of years.
“It is something that we have seen in the last two to three years. We started to see the trickling down effect of the economy,” noted East Hampton Town Police Detective Chris Anderson. He added, though, that the number of incidents involving copper correlates with the market price of the metal.
“There is a direct correlation between the value of the copper and what they can bring in at the salvage yard,” asserted Anderson. According to Bloomberg.com, the price of the metal has doubled over the past year and the current price hovers just over $3 per pound.
Sag Harbor Village Police say that on Tuesday, November 3, Collins lifted eight spools of copper wiring, worth around $5,250, from the basement of the Bay Street property. Police say Collins knew the copper was there because he had helped a friend install some wiring in the basement of the building earlier in the year. Sag Harbor Industries first learned of the theft when an employee at the physical therapy office noticed Collins taking several boxes out of the basement on October 23, said police. After an investigation, police report Collins came back to commit the November 3 theft. Police received a complaint on November 3 that a white male with white hair went into the basement and stole the spools of wiring. The man was said to have driven away in a Dodge van. Police were able to get the plate number of the vehicle. Sag Harbor Village Police put out a notice to other police agencies and Collins was caught by state police on Sunrise Highway. When Collins was pulled over, in addition to the copper, police allegedly found a glass pipe with what appeared to be crack-cocaine inside and prescription pills. Collins was also said to be in possession of a hypodermic needle.
Collins faces three counts of burglary in the third degree, a felony, three counts of grand larceny in the third degree, a felony, three counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, a felony, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor, and one count of criminal possession of a hypodermic needle, a misdemeanor. Village police say Collins was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead, but later posted $5,000 bail.

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Police also discovered that Regina Modelle, 29, of Ronkonkoma, helped Collins steal copper wiring from the Bay Street building on October 23 as well. Police say Modelle and Collins stole another eight spools of wiring, worth $5,250, during this incident. Modelle faces charges of burglary in the third degree, a felony, and grand larceny in the third degree, a felony. Modelle was also transported to the Suffolk County Jail, but later made her $700 cash bail.
Theft of copper from the area is not unusual. In late spring 2008, reports of copper theft from homes dominated the Sag Harbor Village and Southampton Town Police news. On April 16, 2008, a Prospect Street, Sag Harbor resident called Sag Harbor Village Police to report 100 feet of tubing and drain spouts, all copper and valued at $1,500, were removed from his property. On the same day, another Sag Harbor resident called Southampton Town Police to report one and a half sheets of lead coat copper valued at $350 was taken from the yard of a Rose Hill Road, Water Mill residence. Two days later, an Oak Lane, Bridgehampton resident called Southampton Town Police to report three copper leaders were taken from a residence there valued at $1,000.
On May 30, 2008, a Suffolk Street resident called Sag Harbor Village Police to report three-feet of copper drain pipes, valued at over $1,000, were removed from her residence. The following day a Madison Street resident reported four copper gutter downspouts were taken from the house and garden on her parcel. A Union Street resident called village police on June 1, 2008, to report 28-feet of copper downspouts were taken from his residence, including two 10-foot sections as well as an eight-foot section.

Above: Gary Collin and Regina Modelle’s mugshots.

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Police Blotter: June 4 through June 11

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$3,000 Theft at Antiques Store

According to Southampton Town Police, three young women attempted to steal approximately $3,000 worth of merchandise from a Bridgehampton antiques store on Saturday, June 6. The victim told police that two of the women had visited the store last week to possibly scout out the location. On Saturday, they returned with a girl of around 13 years of age. One women tried to distract the victim while the other women handed items to the young girl. All three women attempted to leave in a vehicle driven by a male. The victim ran out and confronted the women as they hopped into the van. The victim told them that he had called the police and had given them their license plate number. Police say they still haven’t positively identified the criminals. The items stolen included a Chinese Porcelain Dog, worth $750, a Turkish pot, worth $950, and a Chinese carving, worth $1,125.
Daniel Barrantes, 27, of Hampton Bays was arrested by Sag Harbor Village police on Saturday, June 6. According to police, Barrantes was arrested for an open bench warrant out of Sag Harbor, through Southampton Town Police, for failing to pay a fine, a misdemeanor.

According to Sag Harbor Village Police reports, a local resident found their front windshield broken after returning to the parked car on Meadow Street on Tuesday, June 2.

On Wednesday, June 3, a pager was allegedly lifted from a parked car on Bay Street, says Sag Harbor Village Police reports. Although the report didn’t specify whether or not the car was unlocked.

According to Southampton Town Police reports, a North Haven home on Actors Colony Road was broken into on Monday, June 1. Police report that the trespassers stole a six-pack of Corona beer. A truck on the premises was spray painted in black lettering. “DNK” and “BYES” were painted on the sides of the vehicle. Police say there are still no suspects in this case.

A Southampton resident reported to Southampton Town Police on Tuesday, June 2, that she saw a speeding car make a sharp turn and strike a tree on Ocean Road in Bridgehampton. The witness told police the driver attempted to hide the vehicle behind some hedges in a field near Hildreth Lane. Police say they learned the driver possibly lived on Sagg Road in Bridgehampton. When police arrived at the driver’s residence and knocked on the door, the alleged driver ran from the front door to the back of the house. Police say they weren’t able to locate the driver.
According to a resident of Elm Street in Sag Harbor, her home was damaged by a car on Wednesday, June 3. The victim told Southampton Town Police that the driver also hit two small trees on the street, before leaving the scene of the accident. After an investigation, police say they located the vehicle at the Getty Gas Station on Main Street. Apparently, the damage to the vehicle matched the damage to the residence.

A Sag Harbor resident’s wallet was allegedly stolen from her locked vehicle on Saturday, June 6. The victim spent the day at Ocean Road Beach in Bridgehampton and told Southampton Town Police she left her car keys on the tire in the wheel well. The wallet was valued at $300. The victim said $100 in cash and seven other credit cards, in the wallet, were also stolen.
Johnathan Wintjen, 47, undomiciled was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, both misdemeanors, by Southampton Town Police on Wednesday, June 3. Police say Wintjen struck a parked vehicle at the Starbucks in Bridgehampton, damaging the car. According to police, Wintjen had glassy eyes, his speech was slurred and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol. Wintjen allegedly refused to submit to a sobriety test. Wintjen’s license had also been suspended for failing to pay child support.

Southampton Town Police stopped Anibal Urgiles, 28, of East Quogue on Bricklin Road in Sag Harbor on Saturday, June 6. Police say Urgiles was pulled over for a stop sign violation, but a DMV check showed that Urgiles’ license was suspended. Urgiles faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

Gilberto Gallardo, 18, of Sag Harbor, was stopped by Southampton Town Police on Thursday, June 4, in Southampton. Police say Gallardo was stopped for having a sub-standard left rear tire/wheel. A DMV check showed that Gallardo was unlicensed and didn’t have insurance for his vehicle. Gallardo faces charges of unlicensed operator, a violation.

Police Blotter: Local Arrested For Mischief

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Manuel Munoz, 22, of East Hampton was arrested by Sag Harbor Police for alleged criminal trespass in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Apparently, Munoz knocked on the bedroom sliding glass door of a former coworker on Redwood Road in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 30. The victim told police that Munoz asked if she wanted to hang out with him and drink some beers. The victim told Munoz to leave and she later called the police. When the police arrived, they searched the neighborhood and say they found Munoz driving from Long Island Avenue onto Main Street. Police say they stopped Munoz on Bay Street and found that he fit the description given by the defendant. The victim was called to the scene where she identified Munoz. He was processed and later released on $400 bail.

According to Sag Harbor Village Police, Rolanda Stephanos, 29, of Sagaponack was charged with driving a vehicle without a registration, a misdemeanor, on Tuesday, May 26. Police say they stopped Stephanos at the corner of Madison Street and Susan Street, for having an expired inspection sticker, but police say they also discovered that the vehicle was suspended in September 2008 for an insurance lapse. Police report that Stephanos presented police an insurance card that had expired in February 2009.

On Wednesday, May 27, Sag Harbor Village Police arrested Bonilla Esteban, 34, of Bridgehampton, for alleged aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Police say they stopped Esteban on Hampton Street for a traffic violation. Police say they discovered that Esteban’s license was suspended in December 2006 for failing to answer a summons.

On Thursday, May 21, Nancy Mone, 50, of Sag Harbor was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Southampton Village police stopped Mone while she was driving her Mini Cooper on Old Town Road for allegedly running into a curb while attempting to turn onto Wickapogue Road.
Hector Mora, 27, of Hampton Bays was arrested by Southampton Town Police on charges of aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on Friday, May15. Police say Mora was stopped for failing to wear his seat belt in North Sea. Police say a driver license check revealed that Mora’s license was suspended for failing to pay fines out of Queens in May 2007 and April 2007.

Southampton Town Police arrested George McBride, 58, of Hampton Bays on Friday, May 26. According to police, McBride was seen driving on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton with a trailer attached and no license plate or working brake lights. Upon a stop, police say they learned that McBride’s license had been revoked for failing to submit to a chemical test. McBride was arrested on charges of aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

On Saturday, May 27, Southampton Town Police arrested Claudio Lliguin, 22, of Hampton Bays for alleged aggravated unlicensed operation in third degree, a misdemeanor. Police report that Lliguin was seen driving in a dangerous manner on the Sag Harbor Turnpike. When stopped, police say they discovered that Lliguin’s license was suspended for operating a vehicle without insurance.
Southampton Town Police say that a Southampton Town resident beach permit was removed from a parked vehicle at Sagg Main Beach on Saturday, May 30.

William Zawacki, 17, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. was arrested by Southampton Town police on Saturday, May 23, in Noyac. According to police, Zawacki was arrested after throwing a water balloon from a moving vehicle. Police say Zawacki was a passenger in the vehicle and threw the balloon onto the windshield of the vehicle behind him. The victim told police that the balloon hit the driver’s side of her windshield and shattered it, causing damage in excess of $250. The victim told police that she wanted the perpetrator arrested. Zawacki was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.