Police Blotter: August 6 through 13

Posted on 13 August 2009

Cab Without a Permit

Paul Natorski, 27, of Medford, L.I., was stopped by Southampton Town Police Friday, July 24, at 10:36 p.m. on Maple Lane near the Bridgehampton train station for operating an unlicensed taxicab/vehicle for hire, a violation. While on police bike patrol at the train station an officer allegedly observed Natorski operating a New York Taxi, a registered and marked taxi vehicle for Hometown Taxi, operating as a vehicle for hire without possessing a taxi operators license, as required by Southampton Town Code.

Later on, Bryan Daparma, 32, of Southampton was stopped on Wednesday, July 29, at 9:43 a.m. at his place of business, Strictly Suffolk Inc. (Hometown Taxi) in Southampton Village, for unauthorized license and operation of a vehicle, a violation. Police reports claim that on Friday, July 24, at about 10:36 p.m. the defendant, allowed one of his employees, Paul Natorski, to operate one of his taxi vehicles.

A Sag Harbor resident reported to village police on Monday, August 10, that they saw two individuals dump seven village street signs into the woods near Denison Street. The village highway department later recovered the signs.

The village’s fire department and police were called on Saturday, August 8, to put out a fire in a 2000 BMW parked on Wharf Street. Members of the fire department removed the passenger side front window from the vehicle, which was billowing with smoke. It was discovered that a lit cigarette was the cause of the fire. Officials could not locate the owner.

A bike worth $6,600 was stolen from a Main Street business on Wednesday, August 5, says Sag Harbor Village Police reports. The bike, a black and white Strumpjumper S-works carbon hard tail, was in a box and was stolen from the rear of the store.

John Strumph, 62, of Moriches, L.I. was stopped by Southampton Town Police on Tuesday, August 4, at 9:30 at Sagaponack Main Street for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and speeding, a violation. Strumph was stopped for allegedly operating a 2005 Honda Civic going east bound on Sagaponack Road at a high rate of speed. Police say Strumph was driving at 47 mph in a 25 mph zone. Upon stopping Strumph, the officer noticed the defendant had a suspended license for failure to answer an insurance lapse. Strumph’s vehicle was unregistered and uninsured, and was later impounded.

According to Southampton Town Police, Francine Fabian, of New York, N.Y. was seen by security removing items from a Bridgehampton Commons store and placing them into her personal bag on Tuesday, July 28, at 12:57 p.m. Police say Fabian placed other items in her basket, but claim that when she proceeded to the checkout area she paid for the items in the basket but not in her bag. Fabian allegedly passed through the checkout area and was stopped by store security in the lobby. Fabian faces charges of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Southampton Town Police pulled over Jonathan Scarlato, 32, of Riverhead, on Sunday, July 19, on the Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike for driving a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor, and failing to wear a seat belt, a violation. Police say a check of the vehicle’s registration found it to be suspended for an insurance lapse. Scarlato’s vehicle, a 1991 Cadillac Deville, was impounded.

On Monday, August 3, Robert Contreras, 34, of Levittown, L.I. was pulled over on Montauk Highway/Sag Harbor Turnpike by Southampton Town Police for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Contreras, driving a 1995 Toyota Corolla, was allegedly observed driving eastbound on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton on his cell phone. Contreras was stopped, and then it was reportedly discovered he didn’t have a valid license.

A complainant reported on Saturday, August 8, to Southampton Town Police that several items were removed from their house on Deerfield Road in Sag Harbor. The items in question are two 3-foot Buddha statues, one red, and one white. The complainant believes that the previous owners might have taken the items in question. Complainant stated that there was an agreement with previous owners to leave items on the property once they vacated the home on Friday, July 31. The complainant did not witness any one taking the items.

A Southampton Town resident reported on Saturday, August 8, that unknown subject(s) did enter and remain inside their house, located on Castle Hill Court, which is abandoned and in a state of disrepair, and threw personal papers all over the floor of the great room. The complainant further stated that the unknown subjects did enter and remain inside detached cottage to the rear, where complainant stays during summer months. Complainant reported that four Sony direct view televisions and a BOSE Surround Sound System, all totaling $3000, were missing from the residence. They further added that bedroom mattresses were thrown from the bedroom’s sliding doors into the woods.

A complainant reported to Southampton Town Police on Friday, August 07, that unknown subject(s) broke into a bookstore in Bridgehampton through the front door. It appears that the subject(s) used a pry tool to make a forced entry through the locked door. Once inside the subject(s) stole $900 in cash from the cash drawer. Said subjects then exited through the back door with proceeds in tow.

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