Cops: Bounced Check at Hamptons Estate Sale Leads to Arrest

Southampton Village Police Department.
Southampton Village Police Department. Photo credit: Brendan J. O'Reilly

A Staten Island man paid $8,345 for merchandise at a Murray Lane estate sale using bad check, and now he faces a felony charge, according to Southampton Village police.

Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison said 49-year-old Eriks Rinkis went to the estate sale on October 17 and paid for various items with a check from a closed bank account. The check later bounced.

“From time to time, there are honest mistakes in these cases,” Lamison said, explaining that Rinkis was given time to resolve the matter. However, after a while it was treated as a criminal case.

In response to a warrant, Rinkis turned himself in to police headquarters on December 3, Lamison said. Rinkis is charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony, and issuing a bad check, a misdemeanor. After he was arraigned, Rinkis was released on $500 bail.

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