Southampton Town Police have arrested a Riverhead man who they said could be responsible for a string of burglaries and car thefts that took place in the hamlets of Flanders and Riverside between December and February.
Robert Ray Noon III, 38, of Riverhead was charged on March 12 with two crimes, including robbing a man inside his Flanders home and stealing items from a gas station in Riverside, though authorities said they are still working to determine if he was involved in a string of house burglaries and car thefts that also took place in the area.
Mr. Noon was arrested at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside, where he was being held for a number of other charges, including possession of burglar’s tools, possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and resisting arrest, according to authorities and online court records. Those crimes took place on February 17, police said.
It was unclear how Mr. Noon has been linked to the two specific crimes in Southampton Town. Detectives said they are still investigating.
Police said the first crime occurred at 3:40 p.m. on December 27, when Mr. Noon allegedly entered a home along County Road 104 in Flanders and threatened the homeowner by holding a hard object against the back of the man’s head. Investigators said Mr. Noon forced the man down onto his bed before stealing his wallet, which contained an unspecified amount of cash and a debit card. It was unclear if Mr. Noon knew the victim.
In the second incident, which took place on February 3 at 11:40 p.m., police said Mr. Noon stole groceries from the Shell Gas Station and Mini-Mart located at 9 Lake Avenue in Riverside and fled the scene in what turned out to be a vehicle previously reported stolen from Mastic.
Town Police have charged Mr. Noon with second-degree burglary, third-degree robbery and criminal possession of a stolen vehicle, all felonies, as well as petit larceny, a misdemeanor.
Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa could not be reached for comment, and it was unclear how many additional incidents police believe Mr. Noon may be responsible for.
He was arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court on March 12 and remanded back to the Suffolk County Jail.
Police are asking anyone with information about Mr. Noon, or the string of burglaries in the area, to contact detectives at (631) 702-2230.