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Jan 13, 2015 12:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sag Harbor Woman Alerts Police To Scam

Jan 16, 2015 3:40 PM

A Sag Harbor woman who answered a fake help wanted advertisement was almost a participant in what authorities believe is a money scam.

The ad, published on December 18 in The Press, called for a customer service representative to work out of the Southampton area, according to Southampton Town Police detectives. The victim said she applied for the job and was sent a fake money order on January 2 for $970.85. She was instructed to cash the money order and mail some of the cash to another person, presumably someone who was in on the scam, according to authorities.

Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said the woman reported the incident to police immediately after she received the fake money order, noting that the woman did not lose any money. Police notified The Press of the fraud, and the ad was pulled on January 5, she added.

The account at the newspaper listed Scott Neste as the person who placed the ad. Det. Sgt. Costa said detectives believe all of the information provided to The Press for Mr. Neste’s account was false.

Detectives are investigating the incident. But Det. Sgt. Costa noted that these types of scams are difficult to investigate, because often those committing the fraud are doing so from another town, city or country, and therefore out of the Town Police’s jurisdiction.

“Unfortunately, this happens everywhere, and if they have success on 2 percent of their scams, they’re making free money,” she said.

Candy, Snacks Stolen 
From Convenience Store

Thieves stole more than $440 worth of snacks and cough drops from 7-Eleven in Westhampton sometime on January 4 or 5, Southampton Town Police said.

An employee discovered several empty shelves at the Mill Road store at around 10 a.m. on January 5 and later reported that the following items were taken: between 24 and 36 boxes of 5-Hour Energy shots, worth $130 total; five boxes of Halls cough drops, valued at $159; five boxes of Trident gum, worth $71.40; three boxes of Extra gum, valued at $41.70; and about $40 in assorted candy.

Detectives are reviewing security footage provided by the convenience store.

Copper Taken From Job Site

A Water Mill man told Town Police that someone stole copper leaders and a power concrete screed from his Flying Point Road home sometime between January 3 and 5.

The victim said thieves took 20 lead-coated copper leaders worth $3,000 total and a 12-inch power screed that is towed behind cement mixers and worth $125. The home was under construction at the time.

Police are investigating the theft.

Cops: Man Stuffs
Steak Down Pants

A man was stopped at the door of King Kullen in Bridgehampton just after 1 p.m. on January 7 after an employee reported seeing him trying to smuggle nearly $100 worth of steak out of the supermarket, Town Police said.

Kevin Street, 50, of Bridgehampton was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, after authorities said he tried to hide $82.24 worth of steak in his pants and under his sweatshirt, and exit the Montauk Highway supermarket. He was detained at the store until officers arrived to arrest him.

Mr. Street was processed and later released on an appearance ticket that is returnable to Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date, according to authorities.

Crash Investigated

A 23-year-old man took a family friend’s truck out without permission last month and struck a Ford Escape after running a stop sign, authorities said, and then tried to fix the vehicle without notifying the owners.

Town Police said Gilberto Gallardo, of Southampton, who is staying at the North Sea Road home where the truck was being kept, used it without the permission of the owners while they were away from December 18 until January 3.

Mr. Gallarado was driving the 2004 Dodge Ram on December 28 on Route 114 in Sag Harbor when he ran a stop sign pulling out of Harrison Street and struck a Ford Escape, operated by Elena Skerys, 18, of Sag Harbor.

Authorities said Mr. Gallardo, who was later transported to Southampton Hospital with minor injuries, was driving with a suspended license. He was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and circumventing an interlock device, both misdemeanors. Police said Mr. Gallardo’s license was suspended for a prior DWI conviction, and he also was supposed to have an interlock device installed on his vehicle.

When the owners of the Dodge returned from vacation on January 3, they discovered that the vehicle was missing. The owners, who were identified only as East Hampton residents, reported the incident to Town Police on January 7.

No charges have been filed against Mr. Gallardo by Town Police as of earlier this week.

Three Charged In
State Police Stings

State Police arrested three clerks as result of an underage drinking enforcement operation that took place on Monday in Southampton Town.

Police filed charges of unlawful dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, both misdemeanors, against: Kenneth Sarcona, 57, of East Quogue, a clerk at Hampton Beverage in Hampton Bays; Alesandro Garcia Jimenez, 36, of Southampton, a clerk at South Fork Deli in Tuckahoe; and George Sullivan, 22, of East Quogue, a clerk at Hampton Bays Wines & Spirits in Hampton Bays.

All three clerks were issued appearance tickets returnable to Southampton Town Justice Court.

State Police also targeted seven other establishments that did not sell alcohol to a minor. They included the Shell Mart in Hampton Bays, Hampton Bays Liquors in Hampton Bays, Melrose Deli in Hampton Bays, Shell Canoe Place Fuel Mart in Hampton Bays, Hess Express in Southampton, Bottle Hampton in Tuckahoe, and Hampton Quick Stop in Southampton.

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I don't know who writes your police blotter, but your story on the joy ride is fiction. I know the people involved and a police report was written up. There was NO JOY RIDING involved. Gilberto Gallardo ran a stop sign and was using someone else's car. Get your story straight.
By rvs (106), sag harbor on Jan 13, 15 10:21 PM
This same thing with the money scam happened to me and threats have been made
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Jan 14, 15 12:57 PM