Crimes Nearby: Near Child Abduction and Christmas Gifts Stolen

The following information was supplied by police departments on the East End. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.


• Two sticky-fingered Scrooges paid a visit to an Aquebogue home a few weeks short of Christmas and stole the presents right off the front porch.
Aquebogue resident Brenda Green said her daughter looked out the window and saw an old blue station wagon pulling into the driveway. Suspects ran to the porch, grabbed the packages, which contained Christmas presents, and sped away, Green said.
Riverhead Town police confirmed that on Tuesday at 3:28 p.m., two unknown middle-aged women removed several packages from Green's porch and left the area in an unknown blue station wagon.

• A Riverhead High School student was able to save herself from a possible abduction Wednesday morning.
According to Riverhead Superintendent Nancy Carney, the girl was walking to school when a man in a black sedan started making conversation with her.
After the girl got away from him, Carney said she noticed that he pulled into the parking lot of Bagel Lovers on Osborn Avenue in Riverhead.
At the same time, a sheriff happened to be coming out of the eatery, and the student told him what had happened. Once in school, she went straight to administrators, who called the Riverhead Police department. Police said the incident is under investigation.


• On Monday, Southold Town police reported that Christopher L. Oliver, 26, of Mohamet, Ill., was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and attempted escape on Dec. 2 at 9:43 p.m., after police responded to a report of a subject rummaging through cars on Pequash Avenue in Cutchogue. A man with no identification who identified himself as Christopher Oliver was found in the immediate area matching the suspect's description, police said. The suspect was found to be in possession of marijuana at Midwood and Eastwood Roads in Cutchogue, was arrested him and transported him to police headquarters in Peconic for processing, at which point Oliver attempted to run from the scene, police said.

After being processed as Christopher Oliver, Flanigan's fingerprint scan indicated Christopher Oliver was in fact Adam Flanigan, a fugitive from justice from the State of Wisconsin, police said. Flanigan was processed under his true identity and held for arraignment. He was charged with forgery, false personation and being a fugitive from justice in addition to the previous offenses.

• Donald F. Lechtrecker, 65, of Orient, was charged with trespassing on Dec. 2 at 12:54 p.m., after a 25-year-old resident of Bird’s Eye Road in Orient observed Lechtrecker drive his vehicle on his driveway and told police he wished to press charge against Lechtrecker, police said. He was transported to police headquarters, processed and released on $100 cash bail.
Lechtrecker was arrested this past July, after he fired a rifle several times at five construction workers at a job site to the rear of the his residence, police said. The construction workers were not injured during the incident, but their construction vehicles were damaged by the rifle fire. Lechtrecker is due back in court for this incident on Dec. 12.

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