A Brooklyn man who burglarized a Northwest Woods house was found soon afterward by officers late afternoon on May 18, hiding under the deck of a neighboring house, according to the East Hampton Town Police. Lin Sen, 22, was charged with two felonies, burglary and criminal possession of stolen property.
Police were dispatched a little before 5 PM after a neighbor reported suspicious activity at 7 Valley Street. Sen allegedly fled the scene before police arrived. Officers soon located Sen outside a residence on Todd Drive.
According to the police, Sen had forced his way into a locked bedroom at 7 Valley Street. When he was arrested, police said, he was in possession of an Ebel wrist watch, a Prada wallet, a pearl necklace, and an envelope containing both Chinese and American currency. Jing-Bin Jiang, the Valley Street resident whose room Sen allegedly robbed, confirmed with police that the items were all his possessions.
Police apparently were able to connect Sen to the crime scene by matching wet footprints to his shoes, which were confiscated.
At headquarters, Sen reportedly admitted to police that he had illegally entered the house. “I didn’t want to steal them, but I did anyway,” he is quoted as saying.
During his arraignment the next morning in front of East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana, he was represented by Carl Irace, an attorney paid by the county to ensure strong legal representation for defendants on weekends.
Justice Rana asked where Sen worked. Irace answered that Sen worked in an Asian fusion restaurant in East Hampton. “The complaining witnesses in this case are his employers.”
Bail was set at $2000, which was posted at police headquarters by a relative Saturday afternoon.
In other news, town police arrested an East Hampton woman on May 16 on a felony charge of assault with a weapon. Luz Elena Pena, 57, is accused of striking her 16-year-old daughter, whose name was not released, across her forehead with a metal hand mirror, causing “a raised welt, a laceration with bleeding, and significant pain,” the police said.
During her arraignment, East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky issued an order of protection requiring Pena to stay away from her daughter. Bail was set at $2500, which was posted.