Thieves Steal Welcome To Northampton Sign


Members of the Northampton community are requesting that a wood “welcome” sign visible when entering the hamlet be returned to its home on Lake Avenue.

On Tuesday, Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association President Brad Bender said the roughly 2-foot-high and 6-foot-long sign, which his group purchased and installed two years ago, was stolen last week after being ripped off its post. While he does not know who is responsible, Mr. Bender said he believes it was taken by those who do not recognize Northampton as a separate hamlet from Flanders and Riverside.

Mr. Bender notified Southampton Town Police about the theft on May 12, three days after noticing it was missing. He said the sign cost his community group $2,500, and he hopes it will be returned in one piece.

In the interim, Mr. Bender said FRNCA is working to create a temporary sign until a new one can be ordered. A matching sign was installed along County Road 51 in Northampton.

“We would like it returned,” he said. “We are hoping that whoever took it will return it. The community sure would appreciate it.”
Home Flooded
Southampton Town Police are investigating an incident reported earlier this month in which an unknown person intentionally flooded the basement of a Bridgehampton home.

According to police, the incident was reported shortly after noon on May 9, when a Narrow Lane resident discovered that someone had taken a garden hose and placed it in the finished basement of her home. The hose was left on for an unspecified amount of time, leaving approximately a half inch of water on the floor. The vandals also cut the lining of the victim’s pool, according to the same report.

Police, who are investigating the incident, are also still assessing the amount of damage sustained by the house.
Car Break-Ins Reported
Southampton Town Police are investigating several car break-ins that took place last weekend, including two that occurred on the same block in North Sea.

The first break-in was reported at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, when an Old Field Road woman discovered that someone threw a rod through her front passenger window, breaking it. The thief then stole $500 in cash, a orange snakeskin bag worth $500, several articles of clothing and her driver’s license.

The second incident was reported at 3:17 p.m. on Sunday by a woman who said that an unknown person entered her unlocked car during the overnight hours. The victim said she lost $65 in cash and various cards that she had left in her car, which was parked in her driveway.

Then at 5:46 p.m. on Sunday, a Brown Street resident in Riverside called police to inform them that someone entered her unlocked car and stole several items during the overnight hours. The woman said she lost her wallet, which contained $130 in cash and two debit cards.
Graffiti In Flanders
Two incidents of vandalism by graffiti in Flanders are being investigated this week after being reported to Southampton Town Police on Friday.

The first incident was reported on Friday when a representative for the Alpha Y Omega Church on Ludlam Avenue reported that someone spray-painted a wall on the house of worship and a church-owned van.

Then, at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, a Suffolk Avenue resident called police that vandals spray-painted several letters and symbols on two fences that line the victim’s driveway.

Police are investigating.

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