Riverhead Town police arrested a Mattituck woman in connection with two thefts after receiving multiple reports of items stolen at local vineyards, farm stands and parking lots over the past several weeks, according to a press release.
Cheryl Gormez, 50, was arrested after police found her in possession of stolen credit cards which she tried to use on Oct. 13 at the Citgo gas station in Riverhead, police said. Ms. Gormez was also in possession of a stolen gold ring, which she sold Oct. 26 at Riverhead Gold & Diamonds on East Main Street, police said.
Ms. Gormez faces two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of third-degree identity theft and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, police said.
Police said most of the reports received on thefts involved someone entering unlocked vehicles and stealing pocketbooks and other valuables, police said.
Ms. Gormez was previously arrested in 2013 for allegedly stealing cash and tomatoes from a Greenport farm stand, according to prior reports.
Riverhead police issued a reminder for people to lock their car doors and do not leave valuables inside.
Credit: Cheryl Gormez (Credit: Riverhead police)