Kia stolen from the lot across from the Hyatt Place Hotel

Riverhead Cops Searching for Car Thief Following Crash




A sport utility vehicle was stolen from the parking lot at East Main Street and Ostrander Avenue, across from the Hyatt Place Hotel in Riverhead. IndyEastEnd.com/Taylor K. Vecsey

A man stole a sport utility vehicle from the parking lot across the street from the Hyatt Place Hotel in Riverhead and then crashed it in the early morning hours on Friday, according to Riverhead police.

Officers responded to a single-car accident on Northville Turnpike, near Oliver Street, at 2:32 a.m. They found a gray 2017 Kia Sorrento, but the driver was nowhere to be found.

Police have developed a description of a person possibly involved “as a white male, husky build, wearing a white shirt and walking Northbound on Oliver Street, away from the crash scene,” they said.

The Kia had been stolen from less than a mile away from the crash site. Police said it had been parked in the lot located at the intersection of East Main Street and Ostrander Avenue, across the street from the Hyatt Place Hotel at 451 East Main Street.

Detectives are investigating and they are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information regarding the theft of the vehicle contact the Riverhead Police Department at (631) 727-4500, extension 289.  All calls will be kept confidential.

taylor@indyeastend.com