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Southold Town police blotter: Jan. 9 – 15

Excerpts from the Southold Town Police Press Reports, Jan. 16, 2017

On Jan. 9 a Southold woman reported observing two men get out of a dark colored Honda Pilot and remove a fire hydrant from a location on Route 48. Upon investigation it appeared that the hydrant had been possibly struck by a snow plow and the unknown subjects took the damaged hydrant. Police notified Suffolk County Water Authority.

A Railroad Museum of Long Island employee notified police of a suspicious bag left on a platform outside the museum on Jan. 10. Officers checked the bag and found it to contain clothing and boots. After checking surveillance tape the museum employee noticed a possible homeless person leaving the bag and offered to keep the bag in case the man returns for his possessions.

A Southold woman called police on Jan. 12 to report fraudulent activity on her business bank account. Checks totaling nearly $240,000 were written against her account.

A light-skinned male wearing a green jacket, black baseball cap with red trim, gray sweat pants and black sneakers held up the Magic Fountain Ice Cream shop in Mattituck at about 12:20 on Jan. 13. He entered the store and demanded that an employee give him the money in the cash register, lifted his jacket and displayed what appeared to be a handgun and said, “Don’t try to be a hero. Give me the money.”  The suspect fled from the store on foot with an undetermined about of cash, police said. Multiple patrol units and Southold PD K-9 searched the area with negative results. Southold detectives are continuing the investigation.

On Jan. 13. and employee of Claudio’s in Greenport reported to police that five checks totaling $3,963 were forged and cashed from their account. No further details were available.

A Greenport man reported that a large quantity of firewood was removed from a rear fenced-in yard at the Main Street residence he was house-sitting. He requested extra patrols of the area. There are no suspects at this time.