January 03, 2018

On The Beat

Compiled by Rick Murphy

Car Thefts

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A Southampton man is responsible for a string of car thefts in and around Southampton Village, according to the New York State Police.

David Trotman, 32, is the culprit, police said. Two weeks ago he was charged with stealing three vehicles over the summer -- two of them were left at the Shinnecock Reservation off Hill Street after they disappeared from the village.

State Police said they arrested Trotman near the reservation, though they did not specify where, and charged him with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, following an investigation that also involved village police.

Authorities said Trotman has been formally charged with stealing an Audi A8, a Dodge Caravan, and a Mercedes-Benz convertible. There were allegedly more; authorities said Trotman would likely be charged with the theft of six other vehicles taken from assorted spots within the village in August. Trotman was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on December 15 and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Holiday Grinches

Southampton Town Police caught two Grinches who almost stole Christmas. 

On December 18, Southampton Town Police arrested Pasquale Decicco, 37, of Bridgehampton and Christen Fleming, 34, also of Bridgehampton, after the patrol division received a call from a victim about a theft of packages from their porch. Thanks to the victim's Ring doorbell video and a great community effort using Facebook, the subjects were located by patrol and detectives responded to the location where Decicco and Fleming were stopped.

Detectives found additional packages in their vehicle, and the stolen packages of two other victims. Decicco was charged with three counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property fifth degree, a misdemeanor, and held for morning arraignment.

Fleming was charged with one count of petit larceny and released on an appearance ticket. 


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