Excerpts from the Southold Town Police Press Reports, Sept. 30, 2017
On Sept. 24 a Cutchogue woman reported to police that $5,200 worth of fraudulent checks were written from her father’s checking account. She said that the original checks were made out to and given to her father’s caregiver. Detectives are investigating.
An anonymous caller phoned police on Sept. 24 to report a man walking around her front yard in Greenport. Police responded and found an undomiciled man at the location. The man said he was trying to find a ride. Police transported him to the bus stop in Greenport.
A Greenport woman reported to police that while she was away from her rental apartment for several weeks in September, someone appeared to have been using it. She stated that furniture had been moved, her bed had been slept in, her bathroom had been used and there was beer in her refrigerator. She spoke to her landlord who stated that a workman was supposed to be fixing a deck, but that he did not have permission to use the apartment. Police are investigating.
On Sept. 24 a Greenport woman phoned police to report that several individuals were using her private beach. Police responded, but the individuals left prior to their arrival. No further police action was reported.
A New Suffolk man called police on Sept. 24 to report that he had lost his cell phone. Using the Find My Phone app, he was able to locate the area where the phone was. Police assisted the man in searching for the phone, but it lost power before they found it.
On Sept. 24 police received an anonymous report of people smoking marijuana outside a Greenport residence. They responded and found three people outside the residence, one of whom took off running when police arrived. The other two were interviewed and although police could smell marijuana in the air, the subjects did not have any drugs on them and refused to cooperate during the investigation. Nothing further was reported.
A Queens man reported to police that he was approached by an unknown male holding a gun and a knife at the Truman’s Beach boat ramp in East Marion on Sept. 25. The unknown male said he was a DEC officer and asked the Queens man what he was doing there. The man said he was there to fish and asked the unknown male if he was free to leave. The unknown male said yes. The complainant said the unknown male was 5’9” tall with light brown curly hair, glasses and was wearing blue jeans. He was driving a light colored Ford SUV. Police canvassed the area but found nothing. An investigation continues.
On Sept. 25 police received a call from a Mattituck man who reported hearing someone in the woods behind his home calling for help. Police responded and heard an owl in the woods. They believe this was the source of the noise the man heard.
A Greenport woman phoned police on Sept. 25 to report that an unknown subject entered her residence and took change from a jar in her kitchen cabinet. She also stated that she found a broken watch in her nightstand that did not belong to her and that the heat in her house had been turned up. There were no signs of forced entry and the doors and windows were locked. The woman further reported that on the previous day she left her apartment for several hours and when she returned all the windows and blinds, which were open when she left, were closed. Detectives were notified.
On Sept. 25 a Cutchogue woman called police to report that her neighbor’s motion activated light was facing her house. Police spoke with the light’s owner, who angled it so it would be less of a nuisance to her neighbor in the future.
Jose G. Carreto Reyes, 26, of Greenport, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation on Sept. 25 at about 1:30 a.m. after he was observed driving erratically on Third Street, police said.
On Sept. 26 a Southold man reported to police that his son was put into a class at Southold Elementary with a student he’d had problems with in the past. He said that his son should not be in the same class with this student and he had spoken to the principal but was unhappy with the results. Police advised the man to speak with the school superintendent.
On Sept. 26 police were called when two Southold residents got into a fight while they were passengers in a vehicle driven by a Selden woman. The woman said that one man struck the other in the face. Police arrested the offender and transported him to headquarters. On Sept. 30 the same two men were involved in another dispute and officers warned one of the men to stay away from the other or risk being charged with harassment.
Police responded to a 911 call on Sept. 26 reporting a woman walking in traffic near Tuckers Lane in Southold. Police interviewed the woman who said she was trying to flag down passing motorists to get a ride home because she was worried about her husband, who was supposed to pick her up. Police drove the woman home and found that her husband was fine but that his truck was disabled in his driveway.
On Sept. 27 a Remsenburg man called police to report that someone had stolen his 2016 Jaguar XF in Greenport Village. Police arrived and an investigation revealed that the man had just misplaced his vehicle. It was found one block away.
On Sept. 27 at 6:45 p.m., Edvin Garcia, 29, of Southold, was arrested for driving with a revoked license for a prior DWI conviction and for violating an interlock device restriction, following a traffic stop on Peconic Lane, police said.
On Sept. 28 someone removed and broke lightbulbs outside the Southold Yacht Club. The light fixture was damaged as well. Police will step up patrols in the area.
Oscar Punay, 29, of Mastic Beach was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation on Sept. 28 after he was stopped on Route 25 in Mattituck for using a cell phone while driving, police said.
Mario E. Oquendo Jr., 30, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was charged with driving while intoxicated on Sept. 28 after he was observed operating a vehicle erratically on County Road 48 in Peconic at about 9:50 p.m., police said.
On Sept. 29, police observed an abandoned bucket on Pipes Neck Road in Greenport containing approximately 15 blue claw crabs, three of which were undersized. They interviewed a Dix Hills couple at the location and then contacted DEC. Since DEC was unable to respond he had the couple release the catch back into the water. No further information was provided.
Tess Wonderling, 33, of Mattituck, was charged with driving while intoxicated after she was observed driving erratically on Route 25 in Peconic on Sept. 29 at about 11 p.m., police said.
Police were called to Vineyard 48 in Cutchogue on Sept. 30 when a fight broke out between several people waiting in line for a restroom. According to the police report, when officers arrived they found a large crowd of intoxicated, disorderly people pushing and screaming at each other. After interviewing several parties involved in the fighting police determined that all were intoxicated but no one wanted to press any charges. After restoring order, police left, according to the report.
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.