A 43-year-old Riverhead man was remanded without bail Saturday morning after being charged the day before with five counts of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony.
Tyrone Ligon was arrested by Southampton Town Police on Birch Court in Northampton at around 3:30 p.m. Friday. Authorities said Mr. Ligon was arrested as a result of a long-term investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force, after he was found with a large quantity of cocaine. Police would not say how much cocaine was in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Police directed all questions about Mr. Ligon and their investigation to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Officials with that office did not return multiple calls this week seeking additional information.
Mr. Ligon was held overnight and arraigned Saturday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court. As of earlier this week, he was still being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.
A homeless man who authorities said stole two cellphones from a pair of cars early last week was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $1,500 bail.
Ruben Alvarez-Ortiz, 33, was arrested by Southampton Town Police at around 4:30 p.m. October 20, after he was found in the woods near the intersection of County Road 39 and Sandy Hollow Road in Tuckahoe, and charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and false personation, both misdemeanors. Both vehicles were parked in the area.
Officers said they found Mr. Alvarez-Ortiz within an hour of receiving two complaints about the stolen phones. Police did not say what kind of phones Mr. Alvarez-Ortiz possessed, and did not clarify if he broke into the vehicles or if they were unlocked at the time.
Mr. Alvarez-Ortiz was transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays, held overnight and arraigned the next morning in Southampton Town Justice Court.
Six designer handbags were stolen in two different incidents occurring on the same day at the Macy’s in Hampton Bays.
At 4:40 p.m. on October 21, employees of the West Montauk Highway store told Southampton Town Police that two women stole one black and two tan Michael Kors cross-body handbags valued at $424 combined. Less than an hour later, a man cut the security wires protecting another display of Michael Kors handbags and left with three larger purses worth an estimated $1,074 combined.
Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said detectives are investigating the thefts, which she believes are connected.
“Once we obtain video footage, we will release it in hopes of assisting in the investigation,” she said.
Southampton Town Police received two complaints within two hours over the weekend from victims stating that someone had smashed the windows to their vehicles.
The first victim said someone broke the front passenger window of her car while it was parked on Flanders Road sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Then a Kirk Avenue man told police that he saw two black men rummaging through his vehicles that were parked in his driveway at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. He said he awoke to the sound of the windows smashing and saw the men run away when he turned on his porch lights.
Police searched the area around Kirk Avenue, but to no avail. Nothing was reported missing from any of the vehicles.
Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said detectives think the incidents are related.
“We don’t think the intent was to damage the vehicles, but to rummage through them and see what could be taken,” she said. “People will rummage through cars for spare change, cellphones, pocketbooks, anything.”