After a string of burglaries marred the summer season in Sag Harbor, Village Police arrested a local minor on Monday afternoon whom they said later admitted to eight of the break-ins.
Between July and September, police were reporting burglaries being committed throughout Sag Harbor, often by cutting a screen door or window. Village Police said that although the reports, totaling about 15 incidents, started as thefts of liquor, the severity soon escalated to jewelry and electronics, and they believed all the burglaries to be connected.
The 17-year-old was arrested on the Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Turnpike at 4:20 p.m. Monday and charged with eight counts of felony burglary in the second degree, one count of felony grand larceny in the third degree for theft of a vehicle, and four counts of misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.
In regards to the possession of stolen property charges, police said the accused minor consented to a search of his home, as did his mother, which “yielded several stolen items.”
After a written confession was taken, the boy was held overnight for arraignment in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court, and bail was set at $2,000 Tuesday morning.
Village Mayor Brian Gilbride, who noted that it was a good example of interaction between local police departments, namely the Southampton Town Police and his own village’s force, said “I’m glad they got the job done and we’re on our way to it being over with.”
Seeking to figure out if they believe the young man was alone responsible for all of the burglaries or just the eight he admitted to, Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Thomas Fabiano declined multiple interview attempts and Detective Jeffrey Proctor was unable to be reached.
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding these cases to call them at 725-0623.