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Nov 14, 2012 3:11 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Thieves Continue To Target Parked Cars In Montauk

Nov 20, 2012 12:17 PM

Thieves have continued to rummage through and steal items from unlocked, parked vehicles in Montauk, according to East Hampton Town Police reports.

The thefts apparently started overnight between October 4 and 5, when vehicles in driveways on Gannett Drive were the targets. Outside one residence, insurance and registration cards, $35 in cash and $500 worth of prepaid cards for a car wash were stolen from the glove compartment of a pickup truck, while the console of a passenger car was relieved of a $300 iPod, $40 in cash, an iPhone charger, an earpiece and earpiece charger and a USB connector. Outside another house on the same street that night, a registration card and two NYPD “mini-shields” were removed from the glove box of an SUV, and a wallet containing a driver’s license and debit card was stolen from the console of a second vehicle.

On the same night, on Mulford Drive, a $100 portable navigation device, a $20 iPhone charger and a $50 portable DVD player were stolen from a parked pickup truck.

Two weekends later, Gainesboro Court and Greenwich Street were hit. Between October 27 and 28, Giants football tickets valued at $600 and gift certificates worth $300 were stolen from the glove box and center console of an SUV parked on Gainesboro, while $5 was stolen from another one just down the block. On Greenwich Street, a pocketbook was emptied onto the car seat of one vehicle, with $250 and a checkbook unaccounted for, and the glove compartment and console of a truck had been raked through. A wallet was stolen from an SUV.

One person reported seeing a man dressed in black walking near Gainesboro at 2:12 a.m. and, possibly, again at 7:05 a.m.; another told police she’d heard someone in her yard at 5:48 a.m.

Between November 5 and 6, $40 was removed from a car parked on South Greenfield Drive, a pickup was rummaged through and a pack of cigarettes that did not belong to the owner was found in a car that had also been rifled through.

Between November 9 and 10, at least two vehicles on Benson Drive were picked through, as was a car on nearby Caswell Drive. That night on East Lake Drive, two laptops of undetermined value were removed from one car’s back seat while a $600 laptop, $550 digital DJ system, $250 Mini Nano iPad, $400 iPod Touch and $200 iPod were stolen from an SUV parked in front of the owner’s apartment. On the same street, a $300 pair of sunglasses and $200 binoculars traveled from one vehicle to the driver’s seat of a another parked in the same lot. Between November 8 and 11, $30 was stolen from a pickup truck also parked on East Lake Drive.

The incidents continued overnight between Wednesday and Thursday. Vehicles on Beech Hollow Court were rummaged through, making the owner’s dogs start barking at about 2:15 a.m. A $10 lottery ticket and $145 pair of Rayban glasses vanished from an SUV on Gladstone Place, where the glove compartment of a car was also left open. On nearby Gravesend Avenue, $400 was stolen from a Jeep and a truck was picked through, and two vehicles in one driveway were rifled through. On South Fairview Avenue, two vehicles in one driveway were entered, although nothing was taken. Another vehicle was looked through on South Fleming Court,

On North Farragut Road, two vehicles were rummaged through, and papers in the glove box of a third were rummaged through and the smell of cigarettes was left behind, and on Farrington Avenue, $10 was removed from each of two vehicles parked in a driveway and unlocked.

On Cranberry Road, someone went through a pickup truck and a sedan without taking anything.

According to East Hampton Town Police Captain Michael Sarlo, Lieutenant Christopher Hatch, who heads the Montauk Precinct, was planning to warn Montauk residents to take precautions, perhaps by hanging crime prevention notices from doorknobs.

Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson said that rashes of thefts from unlocked cars tend to be cyclical, occurring perhaps once or twice a year in the town. “It’s a crime of opportunity,” he said. “If you don’t want your stuff stolen, lock your car.”

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> East Hampton Town Police Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson
> said ... “If you don’t want your stuff stolen, lock your car.”

Good advice, indeed, even though vehicles in infrequently patrolled areas are very easy to break into.

To that end, these thefts could be curtailed if the officers on duty got out of the station house and actually patrolled more aggressively.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 14, 12 4:58 PM
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Are you implying that you have personal knowledge of the EHT PD's Montauk station, and the patrol habits of the force there, on the nights in question?

Or is this just free gratuitous advice about police in general?

Jeez, Frank, Montauk just took an incredible hit from Sandy and the Nor'easter.

Not to mention that the rest of the NJ/NYC area is hurting incredibly, and the emergency responders everywhere are just now taking a deep breath, and resting.

I mean, am ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 14, 12 5:28 PM
looks like i am locking my car now ..
By 5-0 (44), Montauk Point on Nov 14, 12 5:22 PM
The police can't be everywhere all the time. Lock your car!
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on Nov 14, 12 7:45 PM
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Who leaves, ipads, and laptops, on the back seat of an unlocked car? They are making it easy on the thief. I grew up on the east end and there was a time when you could leave your doors unlocked. That time has long since passed. I remember when the people across the street (summer people) left there house unlocked and returned the following weekend to find all of their electronics missing. That was in the 80's. If someone is out to rob you they are going to do it, but come on people lets not ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Nov 26, 12 3:23 PM