Police Investigating Series Of Car Thefts In Riverside


Thieves broke into eight parked cars in Riverside over seven days late last month, though Southampton Town Police would not say this week if they think the incidents are related or the work of the same individuals.

In all eight instances, which occurred between October 24 and 30, cars had their windows smashed or damaged, and thieves took whatever items or loose change they could find, according to reports filed with authorities. All of the break-ins occurred in the late afternoon or in the overnight hours, and all of the targeted vehicles were parked between Riverleigh Avenue and Flanders Road.

The first two break-ins were reported within two hours of each other. 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. on October 24 and 12:30 a.m. on October 25. Then, at around 12:30 p.m. on October 25, a Kirk Avenue man told officers he saw two men rummaging through two vehicles that were parked in his driveway. He told police he awoke after hearing someone break one of his car widows, and noted that the men ran away when he turned on his porch lights.

At the time, Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said police believe the two 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 at the time. “People will rummage through cars for spare change, cellphones, pocketbooks, anything.”

She has not returned messages this week inquiring if police believe the incidents are related, or if they have any suspects.

Meanwhile, six additional break-ins were reported by Riverside residents over the next four days, starting on October 27 when the owner of a car parked on Ludlam Avenue reported that someone smashed his driver’s side window. The incident occurred at around 3 p.m.

Later that night, two more complaints were filed. One man called police and said his car window was smashed sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight. The other called the next morning, on October 28, and said her car was damaged at some point during the night. Both cars were parked along Riverleigh Avenue.

Another car, which was parked on Cedar Street on October 28, between 3 and 6 p.m., was also targeted in a similar fashion. In that case, the thieves stole a Dewalt drill valued at $350, four batteries worth $400 combined, and an HP laptop valued at $500.

Over the next 36 hours, two more vehicles were broken into by thieves, according to police reports. One was parked on Vail Avenue and targeted sometime between 1 and 7 a.m. on October 29, while the vandalism to the other vehicle, which was parked overnight on Flanders Road, was discovered on October 30.

Anonymous Caller
Threatens Couple

Someone called a couple at their home in North Haven multiple times and threatened to kill them, according to authorities.

The male victim told Town Police that someone called his home multiple times on October 29 and made threats against him and his wife. The man said the caller—a man who has not yet been identified—called twice that day and threatened to rape his wife and behead both of them, according to the police report.

According to police, this is the second time the couple has complained about the caller. Detectives are investigating.

Purse Snatched From Stoop

A Riverside woman called Town Police after someone stole her purse from the front steps of her Cypress Avenue home sometime between 9 and 9:30 p.m. on October 25.

The victim told authorities she left the bag, which contained her Mexican passport and $150 in cash, on the front stoop by accident. She told them she got picked up and, within minutes, realized she had forgotten her purse. The purse was gone by the time she returned home.

Officers said they interviewed the house’s other occupants, all of whom denied knowing anything about the incident. They also told police they did not see anyone snooping around the porch.

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