Compiled by Rick Murphy
Police are warning people who order gifts and other items to be especially vigilant during the holiday season. This is the time that so-called "porch pirates" make their living -- packages left on porches near front doors can be grabbed in a moment, even if there are people inside.
Southampton Town Police suggest scheduling delivery dates for specific times of the day if possible. If you are going to be away, most of the shipping services will hold your packages at a central hub upon request. If you work during the day, ask your employer if your packages can be delivered to you at your job site. You can also ask deliverers to place items in a specific spot to make them hard to see from the road.
Leaving valuables in locked cars is never a good idea, but particularly this time of year. If you must, police say pick a well-lighted parking spot near a congested area; employ the vehicle's alarm system if it is so equipped. Also remember to hide purses, pocketbooks, and other valuables so they can't be seen from outside the vehicle.
An East Hampton man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated with his son in his car on Friday night.
East Hampton Town Police said Glenn A. Kittren, 46, was arrested 7:48 PM on Friday on Queens Lane after he was spotted allegedly driving without a headlight. His three-year-old son was a passenger in the vehicle. He was charged with a felony count of DWI under Leandra's Law and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, another felony, as well as endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Police said Kittren has a prior DWI conviction on his record. He was arrested and held.