Cops: Man Cuffed After $50K Jewelry Heist in Greenport

The man had worked as a repairman in the home, police said.

A man who allegedly stole $50,000 of jewelry from a Greenport home was arrested Friday, police said.

According to Southold Town police, a Greenport resident reported the theft on Nov. 16. at 5 p.m.

A subsequent investigation revealed that a repairman who had worked in the home was involved in the theft. 

On Friday, police arrested Adam Trzaskalski, 31, of Oakdale, and charged him with grand larceny in the second degree, a felony.

Southold detectives, with the assistance of Suffolk County Police detectives, recovered numerous items from the theft.

Trzaskalski was held at Southold Police headquarters to await arriagnment.

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William Blanchard Jr January 04, 2014 at 11:00 AM
They should have hired a LOCAL professional. The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of a cheap price. SHOP LOCAL
Luigi Green January 05, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Responding to Frank T: In part, yes. If a homeowner is inviting any repair person or technician (or any stranger at all) into their home, they would do well to first put away any valuables that may be lying around. This is especially true when you are not familiar with the person/people that will be doing the work. It is better not to present them with an unneeded temptation. Even if the worker(s) do not take the items at that time, you are showing them what you have and they could potentially come back at a later time themselves or let someone else know what valuables are haphazardly laying about the house. I would also recommend being a presence by periodically checking in with them or at least stopping into/passing through the room(s) where they are working while they are in your home. This will both deter them from any nefarious activity and ensure they are staying on-track and performing the work they are being paid to do. This method is well known and often used especially in supermarket and retail settings to help prevent the possibility of shoplifting. If there is a sense that someone is nearby and paying attention to a potential thief’s actions, they are more likely not to steal anything. When an employee asks if you need any help, they are offering to assist you, but they are also letting you know that they are there and that they know you are there. I have used this method personally when I worked in retail to effectively curb shoplifting in and around my dept. Going up to a group of teenagers hanging out near the beer and asking if they needed any help was almost always a sure-fire way to chase them away from the area, regardless of whether or not they were up to no good. Of course the person that stole the jewelry is responsible for his actions, but the homeowner cannot be absolved of their responsibility in this matter due to their oversight and inaction prior to and during the time the the worker was on the premises.
forward thinking January 09, 2014 at 06:04 PM
put away all valuables - are you kidding .... background checks hell yeah.... homeowner responsible hell no... liberal bs ... it usually the thief that employs the best defenses... 50,000.00 in jewelry is not much today - I have a baseball worth 2,000.00 and a tv worth 4,000.00 -- and I only hire local and recommended and pay more but quality and peace of mind are well worth it... I can't tell you how many homes on the south fork that give keys and codes to reputable contractors and I know of only one situation in 50 years where an shotgun disappeared and reappeared. ...
knee jerk January 31, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Remember: Baseball bats and TV's don't mix.


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