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May 19, 2012 8:10 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Man Arrested On Shelter Island Is Suspect In East Hampton Burglaries

May 22, 2012 6:27 PM

A Montauk man was still in the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside on Tuesday after being arrested on Shelter Island following a police chase there on May 16.

Shelter Island Town Police charged William Donnelly, 30, with numerous counts following the recovery of about $70,000 worth of items that were reportedly taken in burglaries in East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village.

Mr. Donnelly was believed to have been carrying a weapon at the time of his arrest, according to Shelter Island police, but police did not say what kind of weapon was found in the van and Police Chief Jim Read could not be reached by email or telephone on Tuesday. Mr. Donnelly attempted to flee in what was discovered to be a van that had been stolen in East Hampton Town. He crashed the vehicle at the end of South Menantic Road before running away from the scene, and a K-9 unit found him a short time later hiding in a shed, police said.

He was charged with second-degree possession of stolen property and third-degree possession of a weapon, two felonies; two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance; a misdemeanor count of petit larceny; a misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs; misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and resisting arrest; marijuana possession, a violation; and numerous traffic violations. According to the Shelter Island Police, he was arraigned in Shelter Island Town Justice Court and sent to jail without bail. Police said they anticipate additional charges.

The arrest stemmed from a still-active investigation by detectives from East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village, as well as Shelter Island Town. On Tuesday, East Hampton Town Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson said Mr. Donnelly had been linked to two residential burglaries, one of them on Bluff Road in Amagansett on May 15 and the other on Osborne Lane in East Hampton on May 16. The missing items in those incidents included jewelry, tools and the van itself, Det. Lt. Anderson said. He added that police were looking at earlier burglaries, as well, to see if there were “commonalities” in the way they were committed that might link them to Mr. Donnelly, although nothing had been conclusively established thus far.

In East Hampton Village, a house was reportedly burglarized on Barnes Lane on May 16. According to a statement from the Shelter Island Police, seven weapons, rare coins, jewelry and other items were found in the van, all of them believed to have been stolen during burglaries in the East Hampton area. State Police and the Suffolk County sheriff’s personnel and K-9 unit all assisted in the chase.

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What an idiot. go to an island that has no bridges to get off. you'll get far.
By southold11971 (2), cutchogue on May 20, 12 8:43 AM
He could have put on his glasses with nose disguise and boarded the ferry.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on May 20, 12 8:47 AM
hope the low-life got the crap kicked out of him, he is garbage scum!
By mtkfishman (76), montauk on May 21, 12 9:16 AM
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Where's the mugshot?! They post up photos of people who DWI, but those who steal, drive stolen vehicles, with weapons, and drugs present, are concealed?
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on May 21, 12 10:13 AM
what a dirt bag from Montauk unheard of lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By TO BAD (24), hampton bay on May 21, 12 12:20 PM
he should have hijacked the ferry lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By TO BAD (24), hampton bay on May 21, 12 12:21 PM