Halloween is traditionally a holiday associated with both tricks and treats, but according to Sag Harbor Village Police Lieutenant Thomas Mackey, one Halloween prank went too far and has resulted in the arrest of a Sag Harbor teen on a felony count of burglary.
On Wednesday, November 5 Sag Harbor Village Police arrested Stephen Taylor Early, 16, of Sag Harbor for burglary in the third degree, a class D felony, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, following the discovery of a break-in at Pierson Middle-High School on Monday morning. According to police, Early gave them a written statement on Tuesday, and turned himself into police on Wednesday.
On Monday morning, staff at the school discovered that someone had entered the building, removed three fire extinguishers and sprayed them throughout the stairwells on all three floors. On Wednesday, Mackey said the incident occurred on Halloween night, when Early and another individual allegedly entered the building through an unopened door on the roof. School officials have estimated the damage to school property in excess of $500, which covers the extensive cleanup needed following the fracas, said Mackey, as well as a broken Snapple vending machine. There was no other damage to the property, he added.
According to Mackey, a malfunction in the alarm system had occurred prior to the incident, which is why police were not aware of the break-in until Monday. The malfunction has since been rectified.
Mackey said Early has been cooperative with police and stressed this was “a prank that got out of hand.”
Early was expected to be arraigned at East Hampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday, and Mackey said another person is expected to be arrested this week in connection with the burglary.
The burglary at Pierson Middle-High School wasn’t the only prank played on Halloween. On Saturday, November 1, a number of Sag Harbor and Noyac residents called Southampton Town Police to report their tires had been slashed. According to police reports, a North Valley Road, Sag Harbor resident reported that sometime overnight someone slashed her tires, causing $200 in damage. Two Long Beach Lane, Sag Harbor residents reported the tires on their vehicles were slashed – one reported damage to the tune of $250. Two residents of Ridge Road also reported their tires were slashed. One said the left rear tire of her 1993 Honda Accord was cut, possibly with a box cutter, resulting in $125 in damage. The other Ridge Road resident said someone punctured the rear tire of her boyfriend’s work van, and also threw a pair of his work boots in the road. Police said there are no leads or suspects at this time and an investigation is ongoing.
In what appears to be another Halloween related incident, a Division Street resident called Sag Harbor Village Police on Sunday, November 2 to report that at some point on Halloween, a one hundred year old American flag, which was displayed on his porch, was torn to shreds. The flag had been in the family for generations.Â