Blotter: Greenport man goes to the video to find thief

07/12/2012 9:00 AM |

Police are awaiting a copy of surveillance footage from a Greenport convenience store to nab a thief who stole a Greenport man’s wallet on the night of June 29, Southold Town police said. The victim said he left his wallet, with $500 inside, on the store counter and found it missing upon his return.

According to police, a store employee who reviewed the surveillance footage said he knew the thief personally and contacted her about the incident on Facebook, police said. The Riverhead woman admitted to taking the wallet, but claimed there was only $100 in it, which the owner said was impossible, as he had just cashed a $500 check, according to the report. Police said they have obtained the woman’s photograph from Facebook and have tried to contact her several times.

• A sanitation company employee was ticketed early Wednesday morning for operating without a required town carter’s permit and for picking up residential refuse that was not placed in town yellow bags, police said. Larry Burch, 64, of Southold was collecting trash for Go-Green Sanitation on Minnehaha Boulevard in Southold, according to reports. He is to appear in court at a later date.

• An East Moriches man was arrested Tuesday, July 3, in Greenport after his family discovered chemicals used to make fireworks stored in their garage, Suffolk County police said.

Ronald Walker, 34, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, officials said. Police declined to say where in Greenport Mr. Walker was arrested.

• Police are looking for whoever took a red and white 2003 Honda dirt bike from a Southold garage sometime Saturday night, July 7. The victim told police he knew he’d shut the garage door that night, though in the morning he found it open and the bike missing.

• A would-be thief was unsuccessful in an attempt to steal several cases of Budweiser beer from a Mattituck business on the night of July 3, police said. When the store’s manager pursued him, the thief reportedly fled and the beer was retrieved. Police describe the suspect as a white male approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and wearing a red tank top.

• A Southold woman reported the theft of a kayak dolly left on the beach while she went kayaking off Founders Landing on Thursday, July 5.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.