A member of the American Legion post in Hampton Bays has been charged with stealing a large sum of money from the veterans’ organization, according to Southampton Town Police.
Teresa Ryan, 52, of East Quogue was arrested by Town Police at 7:57 a.m. on May 6 at police headquarters in Hampton Bays and charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony, authorities said.
Police said Ms. Ryan, who oversaw the books at Hand-Aldrich Post 924 on Ponquogue Avenue, surrendered voluntarily after being accused of stealing approximately $3,000 from the post. Although she could not specify how much money was taken, Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said Ms. Ryan had been given cash to deposit on behalf of the American Legion but instead kept the money.
Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa added that Ms. Ryan is alleged to have taken money on two occasions about a month apart, and that post officials had given her the opportunity to return the funds before they pursued pressing charges against her.
When reached at her home on Monday, Ms. Ryan declined to comment on the charges filed against her. She added, however, that both she and her husband, John, are still members of the American Legion.
“I’ve got a lot to say, but I just can’t say it at this time,” Ms. Ryan said.
Richard Steiber, commander of the Hand-Aldrich Post 924, declined to comment on the allegations when reached by phone on Monday morning.
“Until the court finishes its proceedings, I don’t want to say anything that would sway things any way,” Mr. Steiber said.
Ms. Ryan was held overnight and arraigned the next morning in Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays. She was released on her own recognizance and is due to return to court on Tuesday, July 1.
A Deerfield Road woman called Southampton Town Police after she observed an estimated 30-year-old man exposing his genitals at around 10 a.m. on May 7 at Flying Point Beach in Water Mill.
The woman said she saw the man as she was exiting the dunes and immediately called the police. The man was gone by the time responding officers arrived on the scene.
The woman described the man as approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with dark hair.
Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said it is unclear if the man was intentionally exposing himself at the time. She noted that there will be extra patrols near the beach.