Man Charged With Stealing Car Batteries, Selling Them Back To Riverside Scrap Yard

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A homeless man was arrested Friday after he stole car batteries from a Riverside scrap yard and then sold them back to the same business, according to authorities.

Southampton Town Police arrested 48-year-old Anthony Jenkins of Riverside—known by the nickname “Creepy,” according to police—after the owner of Riverside Recycling on Old Quogue Road reported that surveillance video showed Mr. Jenkins stealing car batteries from vehicles in the front lot on October 23.

Police said Mr. Jenkins, along with possibly one other individual, stole four batteries worth $360 in total and later sold them back to the owner for $25. The owner told authorities that, at the time, he did not realize the batteries were stolen from his business.

The owner of Riverside Recycling declined to comment on the incident.

Mr. Jenkins was picked up on an arrest warrant at 9:05 p.m. Friday, near the intersection of Pine Street and Vail Avenue in Riverside, and charged with petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

He was processed at police headquarters in Hampton Bays and released on an appearance ticket.

Two Men Caught

With Meth In Flanders

Two 22-year-old Riverhead men were arrested by State Troopers after they were found to be in possession of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop in Flanders last week.

Quayshawn Kelly and Marcus Belcher were driving on Flanders Road last Thursday, December 12, when their vehicle was pulled over for multiple traffic violations, according to a release from the State Police Riverside barracks.

Both men were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, indicating that each man had enough only for personal use.

The men were processed at the Riverside barracks before being released on appearance tickets that are returnable to Southampton Town Justice Court.

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