Excerpts from the Southold Town Police Press Reports, Sept. 24, 2017
On Sept. 19, a Southold woman phoned police requesting help with her dog, who was barking at something unknown outside her house. Police responded and found that the dog was barking at deer in the woods behind the woman’s house. The officer helped get the dog back inside and left.
A Greenport resident called police on Sept. 20 to report that her car alarm was going off and the upper window hatch on the trunk of the vehicle was partially ajar. Police responded and found no signs of forced entry on the vehicle and were unable to locate any suspicious subjects in the area. The officer checked other vehicles in the area but didn’t find any signs of criminal activity. The officer believes that the hatch may have been left unlatched and the wind blew it open, causing the alarm to sound.
On Sept. 20, a Southold resident was involved in a confrontation with a subject at the Cedar Beach parking lot. The complainant stated that after he drove through the parking lot, a subject approached him, yelling and accusing him of splashing the subject’s truck after driving through a puddle. The subject, who was reportedly very angry, eventually left. No further action was taken.
A Mattituck resident reported on Sept. 21 that a bicycle belonging to his son’s friend was stolen from his driveway overnight. The blue, yellow and black bicycle is valued at $200.
On Sept. 21, police received an anonymous complaint of a possible fight behind Andy’s Restaurant in Greenport. Officers responded and checked the area, but were unable to locate anyone fighting.
On Sept. 22, a Greenport man was arrested on drug and other charges after attempting to flee from police on First Street in Greenport. Police said they stopped Aaron Cavagnaro, 28, during a narcotics investigation at about 10 p.m. As officers approached the vehicle, Cavagnaro locked himself in the vehicle and refused to exit; Cavagnaro then jumped out of the passenger’s side door and attempted to flee, but officers were able to stop him. Police found Cavagnaro to be in possession of several pills, needles, and quantities of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to the police report. Cavagnaro was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, obstruction of government administration and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.
On Sept. 22, a Southampton woman left her purse on a bench in Mitchell Park and when she returned to retrieve it, it was gone. She phoned her bank and found out that a charge had been made on her credit card at a local restaurant. Police instructed her to cancel her card. Detectives were notified.
While on foot patrol in Greenport Village on Sept. 22, a police office detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from a man walking in front of him. The officer interviewed the subject, who stated that he had a bag of marijuana in his pocket. The subject was issued an appearance ticket and the officer seized the drugs.
On Sept. 23 police received a call reporting a highly intoxicated man urinating in the parking lot of the Gallery Hotel on Main Street in Greenport and refusing to leave. Police responded and escorted the man off the property. While leaving, the man shouted profanities in the direction of the officers and a large crowd of people enjoying Maritime Festival. Police placed the man under arrest.
An East Northport man reported his car stolen from a municipal parking lot in Greenport on Sept. 23. The man told police that he parked his car at 7 a.m. and when she returned at 6:40 p.m. the 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse valued at $20,000 was gone. A stolen vehicle report was filled out and detectives were notified.
On Sept. 23, a taxi driver phoned police after a client refused to give him the $70 he said he was owed for a ride to Cutchogue. The passenger stated that the driver did not tell him how much the taxi ride would be, even after he’d asked. The officer advised the cab driver that he needs to tell people the amount the ride will be if they ask and that if he wanted the additional $20 he’d have to take the passenger to small claims court.
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.