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Series of burglaries reported at Greenport marina


A string of thefts took place at Brewer Stirling Harbor Marina in Greenport last week, according to several police reports.

Between Wednesday and Sunday, eight police reports were filed about incidents at the Manhanset Avenue marina, six of which described larceny or burglary.

Southold Town Police Department Chief Martin Flatley was not immediately certain about the degree to which the incidents were connected, but said they’re likely all related.

“If they’re all up in that same area in the marina, then we usually look at it as a pattern crime,” he said.

The two non-theft reports detailed other instances of suspicious activity. In one, a man who was inside his boat around 7 p.m. Friday saw an unknown person walk onto his boat, open the door to the downstairs portion and then leave.

In the second instance, a Utah man claimed to see two males with flashlights on the boat dock around 2 a.m. Friday, according to the police report. When he approached them, the men reportedly fled toward Manhanset Avenue.

The man then found a speaker, a drill, assorted wines and a white vinyl cooler behind a dumpster, according to the report.

A variety of other items were listed as missing or stolen directly from boats, according to the police reports:

• $1,000 in cash, $1,000 worth of DVDs, a $50 DVD player, $100 worth of tools, a $100 parallel ruler and $150 worth of alcoholic beverages, reported around 6 p.m. Friday.
• a $100 set of binoculars, a $25 vacuum, an iPhone charger and a bike lock, reported around 7 p.m. Friday.
• a $100 Crescent tool set, reported around 9:50 p.m. Friday.
• a $25 handheld spotlight, reported around 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

In addition, a $200 bicycle and bike lock were reported missing around 2:45 a.m. last Wednesday and a $300 inflatable kayak was reported missing from the parking lot around 9 a.m. Friday, police said.

“Marinas are always a vulnerable spot,” Chief Flatley said. “We’re definitely investigating it.”

General manager David Doody said the marina does not currently have security cameras, but that it will add surveillance in response to the incidents.

“We are increasing surveillance and camera systems,” he said.“We’ve asked the police to increase their surveillance, and we ask people not to leave stuff out to be grabbed.”

Doody said some of the stolen property has been recovered already, but police were not immediately able to confirm.

[Photo Credit: A view of Brewer Stirling Harbor Marina in 2014. (Credit: Rachel Young)]

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