Three Hamptons Bays homes were broken into over five days just prior to Thanksgiving, though Southampton Town Police say they do not think that the burglaries were committed by the same individuals.
“With the holiday season, we notice that burglaries are going up,” Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said on Monday. “At this time, we ask people to keep their homes secure. Do not put keys in locations that are the norm. Try not to leave extra spare keys anywhere.”
The three burglaries in Hampton Bays, all of which resulted in significant losses for the homeowners, occurred between November 21 and 25.
Most recently, a Springville Road homeowner told police that someone broke into her home sometime between 4:30 and 11:10 p.m. on November 25 and stole a 27-inch Samsung television worth $350, a turquoise-and-silver pendant worth $200, a large turquoise stone ring valued at $200, silver necklaces worth $150 total, a ring featuring a blue stone in a square setting worth $50, a silver pendant shaped like Texas worth $20, and a silver daisy pendant valued at $20.
The victim told detectives that she did not know how the burglars entered her home.
Earlier that day, a homeowner on Graham Road called authorities after discovering that someone burglarized her home sometime between 5 p.m. on November 23 and 4:30 p.m. on November 25. The homeowner said his sister had been watching his house while he was away, and that he had kept a spare key under the mat near his front door.
The sister, according to the victim, tried to get in the house on November 24 but could not because the key was gone. When the homeowner returned the next day, he discovered that someone had stolen $1,500 in cash, a Canon Rebel camera, an Xbox game station and assorted games, and a PlayStation 3 and assorted games.
Additionally, a man on Hyler Drive reported that someone broke into a shed behind his home sometime between November 21 and 22 and stole the following items: a DeWalt compound miter saw worth $800, a DeWalt table saw valued at $500, a Brock Tool framing gun worth $350, a Brock Tool tape gun valued at $300, and a Makita compressor worth $300.
Detectives are investigating all three incidents.
A 19-year-old man got into a heated argument with the clerk at the Valero gas station in Riverside early Sunday morning that ended with the man getting arrested after police said he repeatedly kicked the victim’s car.
Taiheen McKay of Riverhead was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, according to Southampton Town Police.
An officer who witnessed the incident said the clerk asked Mr. McKay for identification after he attempted to buy cigars shortly before 2 a.m. Police said Mr. McKay became extremely angry, yelled at the clerk and refused to show identification. After the clerk refused to sell him the cigars, Mr. McKay went outside and kicked the clerk’s car repeatedly, causing “significant damage,” police said.
“He didn’t realize that there was an officer in [the gas station] at the time, watching the whole thing,” Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said on Monday.
Mr. McKay was transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays and arraigned later Sunday morning. He was released on his own recognizance.
To Steal Groceries
A 47-year-old Water Mill woman tried to walk out of the Hampton Bays Stop & Shop without paying for more than $300 in groceries on November 25, according to Southampton Town Police.
Jacqueline Fox was stopped by a store security guard at around 10:40 a.m. while she was trying to walk out of the supermarket with a cart filled with groceries without paying for them, police said. She had $340.73 worth of groceries in her cart at the time.
Officers arrived a short time later and charged Ms. Fox with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, before transporting her to police headquarters for processing. She will be arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday, December 17, according to police.
Breaks Two Cellphones
A 55-year-old man was charged with felony criminal mischief after authorities said he shoved an acquaintance and smashed two of her phones.
Southampton Town Police said Joseph Krusinski of Missouri was at a female acquaintance’s home in East Quogue just after midnight on Monday when the two began to argue over a text message that the woman had received from another man. The victim told officers that Mr. Krusinski pushed her and threw both of her cellphones on the ground, breaking them. She called 911 from another phone.
Mr. Krusinski was arrested at the victim’s house and charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and second-degree harassment, a violation.
He was transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays and arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on Monday morning. Bail was set at $5,000 and Mr. Krusinski was still being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside as of earlier this week.