Southampton Village toy store burglarized

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About $5,000 worth of cash and merchandise was stolen from a Southampton Village toy store over the weekend, according to the shop’s owner.

Roy Stevenson of Stevenson’s Toys and Games said his Jobs Lane store was broken into sometime between when it closed on Saturday evening and reopened on Sunday.

All of the cash the store took in on Saturday was stolen along with a Razor 4-wheeled battery powered ATV, a red Razor dirt bike, a Nintendo Wii video game console, two Nintendo DS Lites, and several video games among other merchandise, Mr. Stevenson said.

Southampton Village Police Detective Frederick Nordt said there are no leads at this point, but fingerprints were lifted from the scene. It appears the perpetrators broke a back window, crawled in, and opened the door, the detective said.

If arrested, the burglars will be charged with burglary in the third degree, a felony, Detective Nordt said.

Mr. Stevenson said he doubts it was professional criminals who burglarized his store, based on what was taken. “Nobody steals 20 packs of Pokémon cards,” he said. Although his iPod was stolen, the jukebox it was sitting in was left behind, he said.

There was also evidence that the burglars had insider knowledge of his store, Mr. Stevenson said. “Some of the money that was taken was kept in a place that only somebody who worked here would know about,” he said.

The shopkeeper also said the window that was broken into usually has bars over it, but the bars were temporarily removed because a new, thermally insulated window was put in.

Following the break-in, Mr. Stevenson said he is having a security alarm installed at his store.

Village Police are asking anyone with information to call village detectives at (631) 283-0083. All calls will be kept confidential.

Brendan O’Reilly

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