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Southold blotter: Charity Christmas gifts stolen off porch

12/23/2015 3:00 PM |

Someone stole two packages filled with gifts from a Southold woman’s front porch last Wednesday, according to a police report.

The woman told police a friend dropped off two orange bags from Toys R Us filled with “books, clothes, games and puzzles” around 10 a.m. last Wednesday, police said. The woman returned home at 1:30 p.m. and the bags were gone. The gifts were to be donated to charity. The woman said she did not have any suspects and just wanted the incident on record.

 • Two Southold residents are claiming that health workers stole more than $2,500 worth of goods from their home while one of them was recovering from major surgery, according to a police report.

A married couple came to police headquarters around 1:30 p.m. Sunday to report the string of thefts. The man underwent hip replacement surgery in February and, from May to July, had live-in nursing care at his home on Orchard Lane, the report stated.

During that time, the man claims, at least three different women were caring for him. The women stayed on the second floor while he was limited to the first floor because he could not climb stairs, according to the report. At the time, his wife was staying with their daughter.

The couple alleged that the live-in nurses stole about $2,530 worth of items, including a $500 woman’s bracelet, a $1,000 antique clock, a $300 antique clock and hundreds of dollars worth of women’s clothing, shoes, linens and wool blankets, according to the report.

The man told police “he had no idea the above items were being taken” because he could not climb the stairs, and his wife told police she thought her husband was giving the items to their kids, police said. They claim the thefts took place between May 1 and July 15.

• Someone broke into the Southold Yacht Club and stole two outboard engines worth a total of $15,000, according to a police report filed Saturday.

An unknown person allegedly cut a hole in the fenced area of the club — causing $200 in damage to the fence — to gain entry, the report stated. The person took a Mercury 4 Stroke engine worth $10,000 and a Yamaha engine worth $5,000, according to the report.

A board member from the club told police around 3:30 p.m. Saturday that the incident occurred between noon on Nov. 26 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Less than a week after someone reported money missing from the safe at the Michelangelo Pizzeria in Mattituck, police have identified a suspect, according to a police report.

Trevor Knox, 33, of Jamesport was found to be obtaining money from a counter worker at the restaurant in exchanges that were not authorized by the owner, police said. Officers checked the original guest checks provided by the restaurant owner to corroborate the case.

Mr. Knox gave police a “three-page statement detailing his involvement in this matter,” the report stated. He will turn himself in at a later date.

The investigation is ongoing.

• A Greenport man was accused of taking a can of Four Loko from a local convenience store this weekend.

According to Southold Town police, Scottie Mangham, 52, was seen on a surveillance camera leaving the Layyah in Greenport with the can without paying about 4:10 p.m. Saturday. The store owner wished to press charges and Mr. Mangham was later found at his home, police said.

He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor petit larceny before being released on station house bail with a later court date, according to a police news release.

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