Southampton Town Police are investigating two different crime rings—one east and one west of the Shinnecock Canal—in which perpetrators are breaking into both locked and unlocked vehicles and rummaging through them.
East of the canal, more than a dozen people have reported someone entering their unlocked cars, usually in the overnight hours, and stealing cash, spare change, car registrations and ownership papers. Town Police detectives are working with both Sag Harbor and Southampton village police departments to find the perpetrators, according to Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa.
“We want to remind people to take their valuables out of their cars overnight,” Det. Sgt. Costa said. “You’re going Christmas and holiday shopping now—take that [stuff] out at night and don’t leave your registration in the car. These are some of the items being taken.”
She said the first incident was reported on November 20, with additional incidents being reported every day. To date, seven vehicle break-ins have been reported in the town’s jurisdiction, particularly on Head of Pond Road in Water Mill and Noyac. Four similar incidents were reported in Southampton Village, and three more in Sag Harbor, over the weekend.
Det. Sgt. Costa said detectives think a second string of vehicle break-ins, with those being reported in the communities of Riverside and Flanders primarily, are the work of different individuals. In those cases, those behind the crimes have broken windows to access the vehicles. Seven break-ins were reported in the area between November 22 and 24 alone, police said.
The investigation is ongoing, according to Det. Sgt. Costa.
A 27-year-old Hampton Bays man was struck and killed on the Long Island Expressway in Hauppauge early Sunday morning after he exited his vehicle for unknown reasons, according to Suffolk County Police.
Authorities said Jonathan Nieto-Carillo was standing next to his 2004 Nissan on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of the LIE when he was hit at 4:45 a.m. by a 2008 Mazda being driven by Justin Wishnevsky, 39, of Ridge. Mr. Nieto-Carillo was transported by the Brentwood Legion Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
Criminal charges are not expected to be filed against Mr. Wishnevsky, authorities said.
Funeral services for Mr. Nieto-Carillo have been scheduled for this Friday, December 2, from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Rivera Funeral Home in Corona, Queens according to Facebook posts.
Authorities are still searching for the man who shot and wounded an East Quogue man in downtown Riverhead early Saturday morning—an incident that led to the arrest of the victim’s twin brother after police say he discharged a handgun multiple times in the parking lot of the Bay Shore hospital that his sibling had been transferred to.
Riverhead Town Police said they responded to a report of shots fired at 3:25 a.m. at the intersection East Main Street and Roanoke Avenue. Although they found evidence of a shooting, officers did not find any victims at the scene.
At around the same time, police were called to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead after officials there reported that they were treating a man—later identified by police as 35-year-old Charles Gamble of East Quogue—who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso. Riverhead Town Police said Mr. Gamble was driven to the hospital though they declined to say who drove him there.
Mr. Gamble was later transferred to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and while he was being admitted, Suffolk County Police said his twin brother—John Gamble of Riverhead—was arrested shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday after he discharged a 9-mm handgun multiple times in the medical center’s parking lot. No injuries were reported though the incident prompted a two-hour lockdown of the hospital from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., according to reports.
John Gamble was subsequently arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, authorities said.
Riverhead Town Police, meanwhile, are still investigating the original incident and have not made an arrest.