Crimes Nearby: Reported Gun Threat In Greenport

In other crimes nearby, former high school basketball star arrested in connection with alleged home invasion.

Editor's Note: The following information was supplied by various town police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.


• 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.


• Southampton Town police said that sometime on Jan. 25 in Sag Harbor, an unknown person broke the glass on a victim's front door with a hand or fist and entered the residence. The suspect allegedly went through the complainant's cabinets and refrigerator, filling a canvas sack belonging to the victim with food and liquor. The suspect, police said, then left the residence via a back sliding door and walked next door to an unoccupied neighbor's residence, where the sack with the stolen food and liquor was left. Police said the theory is that the suspect may have been spooked by the homeowner's return. The items stolen were a bottle each of Percocet and Vicodin, police said. A New York State K-9 unit was summoned to the scene; a positive trail was found out to Main Street and Stony Hill, where the trail went cold. Blood and the bag of evidence was found at the scene.


• Michael E. Russell, a former star point guard for the East Hampton High School basketball team who has been in and out of trouble over the past five years, , where he was attending college.

Russell, 22, entered an apartment with two other masked men — one of the three men reportedly had a gun, according to Worcester police. They demanded money from four Worcester Polytechnic Institute students, some of whom they ordered to get to the floor while others were moved elsewhere in the apartment, at about 1:20 a.m., police said.

Police said one victim fought back, struggling with one of the suspects, and pulled down his mask. That's when the suspects reportedly fled in a vehicle.

• Robert C. Czaplinski, 25, of Southampton, was arrested in East Hampton Village, after allegedly fleeing from police during a traffic stop while driving under the influence of drugs on Jan. 27.

Village police said they saw a 1994 BMW going north on Main Street, near Newtown Lane, without headlights on at about 2 a.m. Police said the driver tried to evade them, despite lights and sirens being on. He continued traveling east on Pantigo Road, and when he entered Amagansett's Main Street, he was travelling about 50 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to police. He also swerved over the double yellow lines several times, police said.

By the time he reached the Napeague Stretch, he was traveling 90 mph, police said. He begun crossing over onto the shoulder, changing speeds from 60 to 20 mph, they said. He eventually came to a stop. East Hampton Town police were also on scene.


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