Crimes Nearby: Cops Say Squatter Used Stranger's Home, Car

The following information was supplied by police departments on the East End. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate convictions.

Recent arrests and reported crimes from elsewhere on the East End:


Thomas Hynes, 18, of Coram, was charged with three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana on Feb. 23 at 11:24 p.m. in Mattituck, after police stopped him for a traffic violation on Route 25, police said. The officer on the scene observed marijuana in the vehicle, and after further investigation, various prescription medications were also located in vehicle along with several potentially stolen items, police said. Investigation into the circumstances surrounding those possibly stolen items recovered continues, police said.

Grzegorz Luniewski, 36, of Riverhead, was charged with driving while intoxicated on Feb. 29 at 12:26 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mattituck Shopping Plaza, after police responded to a call of an erratic driver in Mattituck, police said. Police located Luniewski and his vehicle at the plaza, and, after investigation, Luniewski was found to be intoxicated, police said. The defendant was transported to police headquarters in Peconic, processed and held overnight for arraignment.


arrested Charles G. Waller, 57, of East Hampton, on a charge of driving while intoxicated on Feb. 21. Police said he was swerving over the double yellow line and then onto the grass on Springs Fireplace Road, near Fort Pond Boulevard, in Springs at about 6:30 p.m. After his arrest, he was held overnight. Lisa R. Rana arraigned him the next day and released him on his own recognizance.


Westhampton Beach Police arrested Trevor Harris, 37, of Westhampton, on burglary and grand larceny charges. Police said they nabbed Harris after he entered an unoccupied home on Beach Lane and used the homeowner's car. Police believe Harris gained access to the home and the car through a back window or door.

"He was using it as a flop house," said Chief Raymond Dean, who also noted that this is not the first time that police have caught Harris in a home that did not belong to him. "He is a repeat offender," Dean said. Police arrested Harris on the street in front of the home.

Dennis Joseph Malerba, 31, of Westhampton, was, a felony, after police said an investigation revealed that Malerba had stolen more than $3,000 worth of jewelry from an Eastport residence. He was processed and held for arraignment.


William Walsh, 24, of Remsenburg, was arrested Feb. 25 at 11:15 p.m. on Montauk Highway in Sagaponack and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor. He was additionally charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and speeding, a traffic infraction. Walsh was stopped by police after he was observed traveling 91 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour zone and was found to be intoxicated, according to the arrest report.

Renee Despins, 68, of Sag Harbor, was arrested Feb. 19 at 9:19 p.m. on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. She was, a misdemeanor, and moving from his lane unsafely, a traffic infraction. Police said Despins was pulled over after they observed her failing to obey a traffic light and veering left on the road.


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