A man working for Peconic Security Alarms was charged by East Hampton Town police with burglarizing a Wainscott home he was supposed to be protecting in March. Michael Nicoletta, 27, of Eastport allegedly entered the alarm code for a house on Wainscott Northwest Road, disabling it, then entered the house, where he is alleged to have stolen a Sonos Soundbar, valued at $700.
Police had been investigating the burglary before they finally zeroed in on Nicoletta, who was wearing a company PSA t-shirt when he was arraigned on the Fourth of July in East Hampton Town Justice Court.
He had been arrested the day before, after being contacted by detectives at PSA headquarters in Southampton. “Yeah, I took the soundbar,” he was quoted as telling police. “I was hurting for money.”
He was released after posting $1000 bail.
In other news, a Brooklyn woman who has been working as a babysitter for a couple with residences in New York City and on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk was arrested on a charge of endangering the welfare of the minor she was supposed to be watching over.
According to Detective Sgt. Daniel Toia of the East Hampton Town police, officers went to the house early June 26 after receiving a call expressing concern for the health of the babysitter. The mother, apparently viewing the babysitter through a video conferencing app, believed that Araceli Riverio, 53, might have had a stroke. When police and an EMS team arrived, however, they found Riverio extremely intoxicated, to the point where she “was unable to stand on her feet,” according to the report.
She was charged with a misdemeanor and then taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where she was treated for potential alcohol poisoning, before being turned back to the police. She was released later that morning after her arraignment on $500 bail.
A Springs teen is facing a felony criminal mischief charge after hitting his mother’s 2017 Jeep Compass with a microphone at about 7:30 AM June 27. The car was parked in front of the mother’s house. The 17-year-old already has open misdemeanor charges in East Hampton Town Justice Court.
Stephen Grossman, his representative, said the teen is currently estranged from his mother, who was issued an order of protection by Justice Steven Tekulsky, which would allow the two to see each other, but prohibits the teen from committing any threatening acts against the mother. The teen was released after posting $500 bail.