Low Tide Reveals Rusty, Old Handgun on Beach in Sag Harbor


A Brooklyn man renting a house in Redwood on Wednesday found a handgun while taking a walk on the beach directly behind the house, according to a Sag Harbor Village Police report released Monday.

Sag Harbor Village Police Sergeant Robert Drake said the gun, a Colt 380 handgun, was lying within the low-tide water mark when the tenant at 162 Redwood Road discovered it.

“I couldn’t tell you how old it was, but it was an older-style handgun,” Sgt. Drake said. “It looked like it had been there for quite some time. It’s rusty. Salt water does wonders to things so I couldn’t tell you if it was operable.”

Sag Harbor Village Police turned the gun over to the New York State Police, who Sgt. Drake said will be conducting an investigation.

“We work in conjunction with the state police when it comes to firearms,” he said. “We’ll learn more when the state gets back to us.”

Sgt. Drake said the department rarely finds firearms in the village. In September, over Labor Day weekend, Sag Harbor Police charged a Calverton man with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, after allegedly finding a loaded 9-millimeter handgun in his possession during a routine traffic stop.