Excerpts from the Southold Town Police Press Reports, August 7, 2017
On July 30 a Southold woman reported that someone removed two lawn chairs valued at $30 from her property.
Police received a report of a burglary on Boisseau Avenue in Southold on July 20. The victim stated that someone entered his residence and stole a paint brush, 80 pounds of cement, door hinges and sandpaper worth a total of nearly $200. There were no signs of forced entry. Detectives were notified.
Police received a call on July 30 from a Laurel man, who said that he’d been the victim of a phone scam. Someone called the victim and told him his nephew had been involved in an accident and that he should send $6,000 worth of Best Buy gift cards to keep the nephew out of jail. The victim complied but after speaking with his nephew he realized that it was a scam. Detectives are investigating.
While assisting with an investigation of a possible domestic dispute in Greenport Village on August 1, a police officer noticed a man leaving the area and stopped him to question him. The man stated that he knew nothing about what was going on and walked away. Police later discovered that the man was the subject of an active stay away order of protection for a woman at the residence. Police filed charges and requested a warrant.
On August 1, a Cutchogue woman reported to police that she had received messages via Facebook threatening her family, who resides in Mexico. She was told to pay $5,000 to stop the threats. Police advised the victim to notify Mexican authorities regarding the matter. An investigation will continue.
On August 2 a Mattituck man phoned police to report that four youths ran through his property, banged on his door and ran away. Police responded and canvassed the area with negative results.
A Cutchogue woman reported to police on August 3 that she had been the victim of a scam involving her rental property. After the woman was contacted by a man who wanted to rent her property, the man sent a check for nearly double the amount of the rent, then asked the woman to deposit the extra money into an account. The victim did so and was contacted by the bank the next day to inform her that the original check was fraudulent and she was out $1,550. The woman contacted her bank to report the incident.
A Greenport woman reported that on August 4 a man entered her residence and grabbed her by the shoulders. She forced the man out of her house. The victim said that she had seen the man before when he’d stopped by her house asking about landscaping work. No further information was provided.
Police received a report on August 5 of a possible vessel in distress on Long Island Sound near the Soundview Inn in Greenport. The subjects were slowly making their way west towards Town Beach, where Southold Bay Constables, police and the Greenport fire department were on scene to see that they made it safely back to the beach.
On August 7 a Sayville couple notified the US Coast Guard via VHF radio that their boat had hit some rocks near Brick Cove Marina in Southold Bay. Bay constables responded, taking the couple off the vessel and onto their boat, then brought them to their dock adjacent to the marina in Greenport. No injuries were reported.
Gregory Vankesteren, 23, of Greenport was arrested on a charge of petit larcenyfor observed taking a pack of Marlboro cigarettes from the 7-Eleven in Greenport. Vankesteren was located and placed under arrest. Vankesteren was transported to Southold Town Police Headquarters for processing and held for arraignment.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.