Police Blotter: What’s Not In Your Wallet?


According to Sag Harbor Village police, a bank teller at Capitol One Bank, in Sag Harbor, allegedly stole more than $11,000 from her employer. On November 15, someone from 7-eleven made a deposit with the bank teller. Police say that the teller subsequently took the money, and a log of the deposit was never registered on the bank’s computer system. Capitol One has video evidence of the teller committing the crime, said village Leiutenant Tom McKay. McKay added that although the teller later confessed to the crime, Capitol One didn’t report the crime to police until Tuesday, January 6, and have not signed an affidavit. Police believe the teller is in the process of repaying the sum to the bank.

A Sag Harbor Pierson High School student was allegedly assaulted on Thursday, January 8. The victim had been involved in a fight on the second floor hallway of the high school, reports the Sag Harbor Village Police. According to police, the victim sustained numerous injuries, including a broken cheekbone, fractured eye socket, broken nose and possible nerve damage. The student was rushed to Southampton Hospital. Police say that an arrest is pending and an investigation of the incident is ongoing.

On Tuesday, January 6, Pamela Prager, 55, of New York, NY was arrested by the Sag Harbor Village Police on charges of aggravated unlicensed in the third degree, a misdemeanor, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, both traffic violations. Police say they observed Prager operating here vehicle on Division Street with less than two brake lights. Upon traffic stop at Division Street, a scan of her license allegedly showed that her operating privileges in New York State had been suspended in July 2008 for failure to answer a summons.

Pedro Diaz, 40, of Mattituck was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on Friday, January 8. Police say that Diaz was stopped on Hampton Street for traffic violations and a drivers license check revealed that he had an active Bench Warrant out of Southold Town.

Several items were reportedly stolen from a vehicle parked in the parking lot of Bridgehampton commons on Wednesday, January 7. According to Southampton Town Police, the victim, a Brooklyn resident, reported that the hatch back of her vehicle was unlocked and that a laptop car charger, worth $25, two sets of Legos blocks, worth $17, and a pair of bookends, worth $10, were taken from the vehicle.

According to Southampton Town Police, on Sunday, January 4, three unknown persons damaged a spot light on the grounds of North Haven business. Police say that the unknown persons also knocked down a Christmas tree and broke a guard booth window. Although the business does have video surveillance of the area, say police, it does not show the exact are where the damage occurred. Instead, police report that the video shows three people walking around the area, two women and one man, and three vehicle: a gray jeep, a dark-colored Mercedes-Benz, and possibly a Lexus. Police say that the owner believes the damages total less than $1,000. This case is active pending further investigation and the Southampton Town Police urges anyone with any information to call their offices.

Joao Martins, 54, of Farmingville was arrested at 9 a.m. in Bridgehampton on Sunday, January 4. According to Southampton Town Police, Martins was observed hunting on a private property. He was later released and issued an appearance ticket. Martins faces charges of trespassing, a misdemeanor. On the same day, at 10:41 a.m., Joao Silva, 58, of Holtsville, NY was also arrested on the premises for allegedly hunting on the property without permission.

On Monday, January 5, Katheryn Cooke was arrested by Southampton Town Police in Noyac on charges of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Cooke, 18, of West Sand, NY was allegedly involved in a single motor vehicle accident, where her vehicle rolled-over. Police reported that Cooke’s breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage and she allegedly failed a field test. Police say they asked her why her vehicle had departed the roadway and she stated that she had imbibed a few shots. Cooke was then transferred to Southampton Hospital for medical treatment, but reportedly refused treatment and was released.

On Wednesday, January 7, at 6:17 p.m. Chloe Gifkins, 19, of Sagaponack was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. The vehicle was impounded.

As a North Sea resident was out for a walk on the morning of Wednesday, December 17, Southampton Town Police say that she noticed one of her neighbor’s kitchen window was broken. According to police, the following morning she went for another walk and noticed that the window was still broken. Later that day, the woman called the police. They did searched the house, but couldn’t determine if any items had been stolen. The police say that they later called the homeowner, who reported that he hadn’t been in the house for two months.

On Thursday, January 8, a North Sea resident reported that four bottles of alcohol were stolen from her home. Southampton Town Police believe that the subjects entered through the unlocked garage door then broke a small window on an inside door to gain access to the residence. Police also suspect that the subject(s) exited the same way they entered. The victim allegedly reported to police that nothing else was taken from the home, except the two bottles of wine, worth $12 each a $25 bottle of vodka, and a $25 bottle of gin.

On Sunday, January 11, at about 1:30 p.m. Southampton Town Police responded of a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle on North Sea Road in Southampton. Upon investigating, police say they determined that a 2005 For Taurus, operated by Stephen Grozio, 56 of Southampton was northbound on North Sea Road when the driver suffered a medical condition which caused him to briefly lose consciousness, driving onto the shoulder of the roadway and striking the pedestrian. The pedestrian was identified as Jose Luis Silva, 23, of Southampton. Silva was treated at the scene by the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance and transported to Stony Brook University Hospital by a Suffolk County Police helicopter for treatment of his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Southampton Hospital, and no charges have been filed against him.