A 20-year-old Flanders man was arrested by Southampton Town Police on Sunday night after police said he stole $1,000 during an alleged drug deal gone awry and fled the scene with a child in his car.
Police said they apprehended Blake Delia at 11:15 p.m., near the intersection of Prospect and Pelham streets in Southampton Village, several hours after they said he stole $1,000 worth of $20 bills from another individual on County Road 39 during what authorities have described as an attempted drug deal.
Officers said the victim, who told police he was attempting to buy oxycodone from Mr. Delia, alerted them to the incident at around 3:30 p.m. that day, and they later caught up with Mr. Delia, who was driving a gray minivan. No drugs were found on Mr. Delia or inside his vehicle, according to authorities.
Mr. Delia was charged with petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors. Police did not provide the age or sex of the child, or specify if it was Mr. Delia’s child. Authorities would only confirm that the child was under the age of 15.
After apprehending Mr. Delia, police said they contacted the child’s mother and released the child into her custody when she arrived on the scene.
New York State Troopers busted three local clerks for selling alcohol to minors during an undercover sting operation on Monday in Flanders and Riverhead.
Ingrad Moraga, 28, of Flanders, who was working as the clerk behind the counter at Garden Deli on Flanders Road in Flanders, was ticketed with unlawful dealing with a minor, a misdemeanor, and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, a violation, according to authorities.
The 16-year-old clerk behind the counter of the Flanders Deli, also on Flanders Road in Flanders, was ticketed for unlawful dealing with a minor, a misdemeanor, and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, a violation.
Ravinder Parkash, 60, of Riverhead, at clerk at Gulf Gas and Food Mart on East Main Street in Riverhead, was ticketed for the same charges, according to authorities.
All three were issued appearance tickets returnable to their respective town justice courts.