Police Seek Riverhead Shoplifters


Three women got out of a Chevy Malibu at the Walmart on Route 58 in Riverhead, walked in, and proceeded to shoplift with gusto. They then calmly walked out the front door, got back in the Malibu, and drove away. Riverhead Town Police said they took about $2000 worth of merchandise on November 11.

The incident occurred at about 4:30 PM — and the speed and precision of the operation caught store security guards off-guard. But a store surveillance camera captured images of the three suspects, described as two black females and one Hispanic female.

They drove away in the four-door Malibu and disappeared into traffic.

Anyone having information about the crime has been asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500, ext. 332, or by stopping in to 210 Howell Avenue, Riverhead.

The ever-bustling Route 58 was also the scene of a serious car crash on November 19. Two vehicles, a
Toyota Highlander and a Ford Fusion careened into each other at the Doctor’s Path intersection sending five people to the hospital, including a family of four in the Toyota. Police said all were expected to recover from their injuries. Traffic had to be diverted at about 3:15 PM while the wreckage was removed.

In Southold, a youth was arrested November 15 after Southold Town Police said he was found sleeping in someone else’s boat. Milton Santos-Cuellar, 17, of Southold, was allegedly located inside the boat, which was stored on land. Police had gathered evidence indicating the boat was being used but when they went to check out the inhabitant, Santos-Cuellar became unruly, they said, and resisted arrest. A quantity of pot and a stolen cell phone were also seized, according to police. Santos-Cuellar was charged with third degree trespassing, a misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, among other charges. Police said an electric heater and clothing had been found in the boat two days earlier.

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