Cops: Man caught with steroids, drugs and needles after burglary

Robert Sullivan mug shot (Credit: Southold Town Police Department)
Robert Sullivan’s mug shot from his April arrest (Credit: Southold Town Police Department)

A Cutchogue man previously charged with threatening a police officer with a barbecue fork in April was arrested again Wednesday after he allegedly stole from an occupied home and was later caught with steroids, drugs and hypodermic needles, Southold Town police said.

Police said a man called 911 from his Cox lane home to report 54-year-old Robert Sullivan had entered the house about 1:46 p.m. Southold Det. Sgt. John Sinning said Mr. Sullivan took a book and a tape recorder before leaving the house.

Mr. Sullivan then returned to the residence and began “banging on the door to be let back in,” according to a police statement. Cops said they found Mr. Sullivan in his vehicle parked near his own house on the same road. They smelled marijuana coming from Mr. Sullivan’s home and he agreed to let them search it, police said.

Inside they found hypodermic needles, steroids, marijuana and “a number of assorted prescription pills,” according to a police statement.

Mr. Sullivan was arrested and charged with felony burglary, misdemeanor criminal possession of controlled substance and criminal possession of hypodermic instruments, Sgt. Sinning said, as well as a violation for marijuana possession.

He was held for arraignment in town court Thursday.

Mr. Sullivan had previously been arrested after he banged on doors with a hammer in the same neighborhood near Cox Lane before “advancing” toward a responding cop.

Mr. Sullivan eventually dropped his weapon, a “large barbecue fork,” police said at the time. In that incident, police found he was carrying heroin, hypodermic needles and marijuana, according to an April police statement.

Mr. Sullivan was also arrested in Southold in March for allegedly driving while impaired by drugs, police said. Both cases are still pending in town court.

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