Crimes Nearby: ATV Chase, Jewelry Stolen and More

Also this week, man reported having a knife pulled on him after offering someone a ride to McDonald's.

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


• A Southold man was arrested last Thursday night after police said he fled from cops on an all-terrain vehicle, proceed to speed through the woods, and was caught later with his ATV in the back of a truck after police sought after him with a K-9.

According to , a man was spotted by police driving an ATV down Main Bayview Road around 5:30 Thursday evening. Police said that upon attempting to stop the two, the ATV fled and led cops on a pursuit along several roads in the area, eventually heading into the woods.

Police responded with a K-9 unit and found the woman hiding in the woods, saying that her boyfriend, 21-year-old William Moore, let her get off. One officer patrolling the area reportedly saw the ATV being loaded into the bed of a pickup truck. Police said they stopped the vehicle and Moore, the passenger in the truck, admitted to operating the ATV. He was arrested on 11 vehicle and traffic violations and released on an appearance ticket.


• Matthew F. MacGowan, 34, of Manorville, was arrested on drug charges after he was pulled over for talking on his cellphone on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton on Aug. 16 at about 8:30 a.m. Police said they smelled marijuana coming from his car. A search found a small quantity of marijuana and a cigar case with some oxycodone pills that had not been described to MacGowan. He allegedly told police, "I got those from a friend for when my teeth are bothering me."


• Several pieces of jewelry have gone missing — totaling $18,768 — from a house on Island Road between April and August. Among the items were a David Yurman bracelet, worth $1,400, a ring, worth $600, and a watch worth $700, all of which was reported stolen on Aug. 11.

• Police said that on July 15, a Montauk man was walking across The Plaza on Main Street and was assaulted by a passenger in a car that stopped abruptly in front of him, at a stop sign. The driver put his hands up and appeared annoyed that he had to stop and the passenger grabbed the pedestrian by his shirt. The pedestrian told police that he threw a punch to break free, but suffered "a completely shattered nose" that required 20 stitches under his left eye. He filed a report at the police precinct and Montauk Fire Department ambulance personnel transported him to the hospital.


• A man told police that he gave another man a ride to McDonald's in Riverside on Flanders Road on Sunday morning for $5, and in turn the man refused to pay him, pulled a knife and threatened to kill him if he went to the cops. The driver said he drove the man from "El Carasol" in Riverhead and when they arrived at McDonald's, the passenger pulled out a pocket knife. When the driver told him to get out and that he as calling the police, the passenger said he would kill him. But, he left the vehicle and and the knife behind. The driver called police at 2:25 a.m. 


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