Southold blotter: Break-ins and a missing American flag

Landscaping equipment was reported stolen from two homes in separate incidents on the North Fork Sunday, according to police reports.

In the first incident, a Mattituck man returned home Sunday afternoon to find his garage had been “ransacked,” police said. The man said he noticed several tools had been tossed around the garage when he got to his house on Meday Avenue about 3:30 p.m., the report states. Although nothing was taken from the garage, the burglar had also entered a nearby unlocked shed and taken a leaf blower and a hedge trimmer, police said.

The equipment is worth about $600 in total, according to the report.

Later that day, a pressure washer was reported stolen from a Southold home, police said.

The owner of the house on Pine Neck Road said the red Honda washer, worth about $500, was missing around 6 p.m., according to a report.

No arrests have been made in either case, police said.

• More than $1,000 in electronics and jewelry is missing after thieves broke into a home in Greenport sometime last week and stole a flat-screen television, police said.

A woman related to the homeowner said she found the south door of the Bailey Avenue house was open when she arrived home last Thursday around 3:15 p.m. The house had been unoccupied since last Monday, she told police.

The burglars had apparently broke into the home by “pulling sheet rock through a closet located above the basement stairs on the northeast corner of the basement,” according to a police report.

Among the stolen items were the 42-inch Samsung television worth $500, a Bose audio docking station worth $250, jewelry valued at $200 and some liquor, according to the report.

Detectives are investigating the break-in.

• About $2,700 in jewelry was reported missing from a Southold home last Thursday morning, police said.

A woman called police around 11 a.m. to report the missing property, which includes dangling earrings and rings, according to a police report.

Police responded to the Brook Lane property and investigated. No arrests were reported by police this week in connection with the incident.

• An American flag went missing from the headquarters of Community Action Southold Town sometime early last week, according to a police report.

The 3-foot-by-5-foot flag had been on a pole outside the building on Front Street and went missing sometime between last Friday and last Tuesday, according to the report. A CAST employee said she didn’t know who had taken the flag down.

• A gray 2014 Toyota Rav 4 was stolen from a New Suffolk home last Monday night, according to a police report.

The owner of the vehicle said he had parked the car at his house near Main and First Streets, but returned about 7:20 p.m. to find it was gone, police said. An alert was issued for the vehicle and detectives are investigating the theft.

• A Southold woman called police to report that an “unknown substance” had been left on her front stoop last Monday afternoon.

Police arrived at her house on Highwood Road about 1 p.m. and found feces on her property, according to a police report. An investigation found the droppings were from an animal and “not a malicious occurrence,” according to the report.

The woman was notified and she was “happy with the police investigation,” the report states.

• Someone shot a mailbox with a shotgun on Albertson Lane in Greenport last Sunday, police said.

A caregiver at the home said he realized someone had fired into the mailbox near the roadway about 11 a.m. last Monday, police said. Another woman told police she had noticed the mailbox was damaged while out walking the night before.

The mailbox was worth $20, police said.