Southampton Town Police said this week that two recent home invasions—one in Riverside, and one in Northampton last week—could be related, and that both victims were targeted because authorities believe the armed intruders were looking for drugs and cash.
In the most recent incident, an armed man wearing a face mask forced his way into a home on Birch Court in Northampton at around 1:30 p.m. last Thursday, September 4. Once inside, the intruder—described by authorities as a 5-foot-11-inch black man weighing approximately 230 pounds—brandished a handgun and demanded drugs and money. Police said he was given neither before fleeing the scene on foot.
Several additional law enforcement agencies, including State Police, who brought K-9 units, Suffolk County Police, who sent a helicopter, and Suffolk County sheriffs all responded to the scene but were unable to apprehend the suspect, according to authorities.
Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said there were two adults and three toddlers at home during the invasion, though no one was injured.
Nine days earlier, on August 26, police said two armed men, also wearing masks, entered a home on Priscilla Avenue in Riverside and stole $2,500 from the homeowner. Police said those men also brandished handguns and forced their way into the home at around 10 p.m.
The victim, who was not injured, told police that one man was about 5 feet 11 inches tall, while the other was about 5 feet 8 inches tall. Both fled the home in an unknown direction.
“They seem to be targeting people they’re familiar with,” Sgt. Costa said when reached Tuesday evening, adding that detectives think the two cases could be related. “The acquisition of drugs and money seem to be the thread in these home invasions.”
No arrests have been made as of Tuesday night.
About two weeks prior to that incident, on August 12, a Bridgehampton man was beaten with a handgun during another nighttime home invasion, though police said this week that they believe that was an isolated incident. No one has been charged in connection with that crime, which targeted a home on the Bridgehampton Sag-Harbor Turnpike.
A description of that intruder was not provided in the police report, which only noted that the assailant was a man. The intruder forced his way past a woman who answered the door, ran upstairs and demanded money from the victim before hitting him several times in the face with the butt of the handgun. The victim suffered facial injuries and had to be taken to Southampton Hospital. The intruder fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of electronics, police said.
Police did not know the relationship between the woman who opened the door and the victim, how long the assailant was inside the home or what kind of handgun was used in the robbery.
Sgt. Costa noted that taking certain precautions—such as keeping their homes well-lit, not leaving spare keys outside and installing motion-sensor lights in yards—can help protect homeowners from such incidents. “In your neighborhood, if something feels wrong, trust yourself and call the police,” she said. “Primarily, these individuals will target homes that are less likely to face resistance.”
Authorities are asking for anyone with information on any of the three incidents to call the Southampton Town Police Detectives at (631) 702-2230.