The following arrests were reported by the Town of Southampton Police and New York State Police for the week of Dec. 16. A criminal charge is an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
- A Manhattan woman was arrested on Dec. 7 after allegedly being observed stealing merchandise from the Kmart in Bridgehampton. According to police, the 59-year-old woman was seen by a Kmart employee stealing two plaid shirts and one black shirt totalling $205.07 in value at around 4:45 p.m. The woman was stopped by Kmart security after she walked past the registers and was held until police arrived. She was arrested and charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor, before she was released on an appearance ticket.
- Police arrested a Hampton Bays man for allegedly driving drunk and carrying a weapon on Dec. 13. According to police Juan Ruiz, 38, was observed by a citizen driving a 2000 Toyota erratically down County Road 39 in Southampton at around 3:30 p.m. When police pulled Ruiz over, they said he had an odor of alcohol on his breath, red, glassy eyes and slurred speech. He performed poorly on a field sobriety test. When he was arrested police also found Ruiz to be in possession of nunchucks. He was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony and DWI, a misdemeanor.
- New York State Troopers arrested Richard Bosland, 50, of Shirley, on Dec. 13 on a drunken driving charge. According to police Bosland was stopped for a traffic violation while driving on Old Country Road in Southampton town. When questioned, Bosland was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor.