Cops: Man stole money, then put wallet, phone into toilet

An East Marion man has been charged with a felony after he took cash from a wallet, then put the wallet and a smartphone into the toilet of a Southold restaurant, Southold Town police said.

Gordon Haas, 54, allegedly took the money about 1 p.m. Saturday, according to a police news release. He then hid the wallet and an iPhone in the water tank of a toilet at the unidentified restaurant, police said. Detectives eventually recovered the wallet; the phone was “unusable,” according to the news release.

Mr. Haas was arrested after a police investigation and charged with grand larceny, since the items he stole were worth more than $1,000 total, police said.

He was held at police headquarters for a morning arraignment, police said.