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Incidents: Police Investigate String of Thefts from Cars

Also: $30,000 Bobcat skid-steer and $20,000 tractor were reported stolen from separate locations last week.

East Hampton Town Police Department and the East Hampton Village Police Department released the following reports for the week of Jan. 14.

• About a dozen reports were filed about thefts from cars or cars being rummaged through on Sunday.

According to the East Hampton Town police logs, at least 13 people reported their cars were searched through. In most cases either nothing was taken or loose coins or cash were stolen.

However, a resident of Cedar Drive said his Radar detector, worth about $530, and an iPod, worth $400, were stolen from his pickup truck sometime overnight. The other two vehicles in the driveway were rummaged through, but nothing was taken. All of the vehicles had been left unlocked.

Two residents of Queens Lane, and one on Amagansett Drive East, said about $40 in cash were taken from their cars between between 12:30 and 10:30 a.m. A resident of Springs Fireplace Road said $17 was stolen from his car.

Two others on Queens Lane, three on Ocean Blvd., one on Springs Fireplace Road, and another on Amagansett Drive East, said their cars had been rifled through, but nothing was taken.

Two more people on Amagansett Drive East reported loose change was taken.

• A construction manager for Landscape Details reported a Bobcat T-300 skid-steer, worth $30,000, and a set of front fork attachments, worth $1,000, were stolen from a a job site on Oyster Shores Road in East Hampton between Jan. 4 and 7. It was described as a 2006 white and orange skid-steer with rubber tracks.

• A New Holland TC-30 four-wheel drive tractor with an attached brush mower deck, worth about $20,000, was also reported stolen from Hedges Lane in East Hampton Village on Jan. 10. The keys were not left in the tractor. It was last seen on Dec. 27.

• Town police are also investigating a burglary that occurred on Sycamore Drive on Jan. 7. Two French doors were forced open in the basement, damaging the lock, during a three-hour window, according to police. The burglar also gained access into the residence by breaking a glass door panel in the kitchen. No items appeared to be missing, though a few draws and a closet were rummaged through. The homeowner estimated about $200 in damage had been done.

• A lockbox with about $500 inside of it was stolen from T&B Auto in Amagansett, which was reportedly burglarized on the night of Jan. 9. The burglar found a "hide-a-key" and unlocked a Padlock on the front door and then broke into the locked office door.

• Someone shot a BB gun at a front window at Martell's Stationary store in Montauk on Jan. 3. The store is located at 809 Montauk Hwy. The building owner said the window would cost about $710 to replace. Police canvassed the area and found a similar hole in a window at 805 Montauk Hwy., which is vacant.

Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Via East Hampton Patch's Facebook page, Liz Jacob said, "Lock car doors, leave outside lights on overnight. I'm not really sure why people think we live in a world where this isn't necessary."

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