As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of the stranger headlines from the past seven days.
A hazardous material scare in Southampton this week put authorities on high alert as they rushed in, donning protective clothing, to inspect a suspicious metal container left outside of a physical therapy office.
What they found, however, was only hazardous to someone with a shellfish allergy.
The container was filled with discarded lobster shells and an empty bottle of French wine.
An office staffer later threw the garbage in a dumpster.
An impromptu heist of Pringles chips and a tall can of malt liquor has landed one man in jail.
According to Southampton police, a clerk working at the Shell Gas & Convenience Store in Riverside allegedly saw a man stuff a can of Pringles potato chips underneath his shirt and leave the store.
The man then came back into the store and allegedly grabbed a 24-ounce can of Colt 45 beer to wash it down with.
The man was later arrested, and bail was set at $2,500.
Cops say three men who attempted to burglarize an East Quogue home this week had one thing standing in the way of their heist: a dog.
Their solution was an obvious one. Police said the men fed the German Shepherd to distract him and break into the home. Unfortunately, they men didn't realize there was a person in the house too.
Police said the occupant chased the men away, and they were found by cops later when they were searching the area.