Police: Pair Allegedly Stole Copper Pipe From Abandoned Home
• Police nabbed an opportunistic pair of alleged burglars around noon on Jan. 25 after concerned neighbors called about a suspicious vehicle in the area. Vanessa Schultz, 37, of Coram, and Brandon Schultz, 40, of Selden, were charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, and accused by police of stealing copper piping from an abandoned residence on Clinton Avenue in Port Jefferson Station. They were caught less than an hour after the alleged crime occurred. Police did not know if they were related.
• A 21-year old Flanders man died after he was shot in the chest on Sunday morning. Demitri Hampton, was reportedly shot in the chest by two armed men who entered his home at 200 Priscilla Ave., according to Suffolk County police, who were alerted after they received a 911 call at about 3:15 a.m. Hampton was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead where he was pronounced dead.
Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating. As of Wednesday evening, no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
• Several Dumpster fires were reported in Riverhead between Saturday and Tuesday. According to Riverhead police, a call was received on Tuesday at 6:34 a.m. about two fires, located in Dumpsters at the east and north sides of the Eastern Harley Davidson buiding on Route 58. The fires were extinguished by the Riverhead Fire Department, police said.
Tuesday's Dumpster fires follow five in Riverhead since Saturday, including a fire in a trash compactor behind T.J. Maxx on Route 58 on Saturday. Police and the Riverhead Town Fire Marshal's office are investigating the incidents. Similar Dumpster fires have also been reported in Westhampton Beach and Hampton Bays.
• A Southold Town Police K9 unit was called to the scene of a reported gun threat incident at Mr. Roberts Convenience Store in Greenport on Jan. 23 at 9:43 p.m., Police Chief Martin Flatley confirmed last week.
The K9 unit searched the area and did find a pellet gun, but the weapon could not be tied to a specific person’s possession, the chief said.
“It ended up that the victim could not substantiate a charge,” Flatley said.