Two men from Bay Shore are facing misdemeanor larceny charges after they were caught trying to steal nearly $500 in used car parts from an auto salvage yard on Quiogue on Saturday morning.
Elgar Pinto, 31, and Manuel Beltran, 49, were the latest would-be thieves caught trying to steal parts from J&V Auto Salvage on South County Road after employees witnessed them attempting to walk out with an air suspension unit, computer system and a pair of taillights without paying for the items, according to a Southampton Town Police arrest report.
The pair were arrested at around 9:40 a.m., and the total value of their would-be loot was under $500, Lieutenant James Kiernan said. Both men were charged with one count each of petit larceny.
Authorities arrested four other people over a four-day span earlier this month after they also tried to steal used car parts from the same salvage yard. Those thefts were reported between August 6 and 9.
Officials at J&V Auto Salvage have declined to comment on the recent rash of attempted thefts.
A foreman at J. Tortorella Pools, which has a showroom on County Road 39 in Southampton, reported to Southampton Town Police that someone broke into a job site on Dundee Lane in Southampton and stole an estimated $1,200 worth of materials earlier this month.
The employee reported that four rolls of metal hurricane straps and four boxes of coil galvanized nails were stolen from the site between 3 p.m. on August 10 and 7:30 p.m. on August 12. The foreman also told police that a neighbor witnessed someone drive onto the property and walk around, looking under several tarps that were used to cover the construction materials.
Police are investigating the theft.