Crimes Nearby: Assault in North Sea; Burglary in Riverhead

The following information was supplied by various town police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

Miller Place-Rocky Point

Bernadette Polat, 47, of Rocky Point, was arrested Sept. 25 in Miller Place and charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor. Polat allegedly stole assorted items from the Miller Place Stop & Shop.

Rachel Taddonio, 27, of Miller Place, was arrested Sept. 25 at the Suffolk County Precinct Department Sixth Precinct in Selden and charged with fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor. She is alleged to have knowingly possessed stolen property from Pawn Brokers of America on Medford Avenue in Patchogue.


A Flanders woman reported a burglary into her home on Wood Road Trail on Sept. 25., Southampton Town police said. The complainant told police that she was asleep in bed with her six-month-old baby when a man entered the bedroom and demanded money. The intruder, who has not yet been arrested, took $15 in cash, a cellphone charger and a Verizon router.

A Flanders man reported being held up at knifepoint by two men in the backseat of a car on Evergreen Road on Sept. 29, Southampton Town Police said.
According to a police report, the suspects stole $70 in cash. Police are searching for the perpetrators.


• Alvaro Ramirez-Potrero, 40, of North Sea, was arrested Sept. 30 at 9:02 p.m. and charged with felony second-degree assault after Southampton Town police said he was involved in a dispute in North Sea with his ex-girlfriend's neighbor. According to the report, Ramirez-Potrero smashed the victim in the head with a glass beer bottle. Ramirez-Potrero was additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

• Southampton Town police arrested a North Haven man on a gun possession charge after a 911 caller reported screaming early Saturday morning. Police said the call came from a neighbor, at 1:21 a.m.. The officer who responded to investigate heard screams coming from 48-year-old Conrad E. Sump's bedroom window — and spotted a loaded .45 caliber pistol on Sump's bed. Sump was directed to exit his house, and he did, police said. He was taken into custody without further incident. Police said Sump was alone, and they could not ascertain the reason for the screaming. He did not have a permit for the handgun, and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

• A Sag Harbor man was arrested Friday morning in Southampton and charged with felony driving while intoxicated after being involved in a two-vehicle accident. Southampton Town police said 48-year-old Heriberto Otero was driving a 1999 Dodge eastbound when he collided with a westbound 2002 Toyota that made a turn in front of him at around 8:30 a.m., at the intersection of County Road 39 and Montauk Highway. In addition to felony DWI, Otero was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

• Derry M. Taylor, 60, of Mastic, was arrested Sept. 28 at 6:05 p.m., and charged with felony DWI, due to having two prior DWI convictions, according to police. She was additionally charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both misdemeanors.  Police said they stopped Taylor for driving a 2003 Ford Focus in an unsafe manner on North Sea Road. Taylor was with multiple prescriptions and an open bottle of whiskey, according to police. Her vehicle was impounded and she was processed and held for morning arraignment. She posted $2,700 bail and was released, police said.  


East Hampton Town police were searching for an 18-year-old man who fled from police custody in Springs on Thursday morning. Police said Justin Cruz had been arrested on a possession of stolen property charge on Cedar Drive at about 8 a.m. According to Detective Sgt. Chris Anderson, Cruz had been handcuffed and was put in the back of a squad car. Cruz was able to get his hands in front of his body and go through the window between the back of the police car and the front. He exited through an unlocked door and took off on foot. He surrendered to police headquarters late Thursday night and has been additionally charged with escape in the third-degree, a misdemeanor.

• Jose B. Maria-Jimenez, 24, of Springs, was arrested on drunken driving charges, including a felony charge due to a prior conviction and a misdemeanor aggravated charge for his alleged blood alcohol level, after an accident on Sept. 11 at about 8:30 p.m. When police arrived, they found his 1996 Nissan had hit a tree on West Drive, at the intersection of Morris Park Lane. Maria-Jimenez was standing next to the car. He told police he lost control as he was making a right hand turn onto West Drive. Justice Catherine A. Cahill set bail at $10,000 cash or $50,000 bond. He was turned over to the Suffolk County Sheriff's office, but released on Sept. 20.


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