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Riverhead Town Police reported 214 criminal incidents and 50 arrests in the month of August, according to a monthly public safety report released by Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Arrests made in August, according to data in the chief’s report were: burglary (8)
criminal mischief (1)
criminal contempt (4)
criminal possession of a stolen vehicle (1)
driving while under the influence of drugs (1)
driving while intoxicated (5)
driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law (1)
false personation (1)
harassment (1)
menacing (1)
petit larceny (3)
reckless endangerment (1)
reckless driving (1)
robbery (4)
sex abuse (1)
town code violation (1)
unlawful dealing with child (2)
warrants (11)

Of the 50 arrests made in August, 28 people were arraigned on the charges brought against them. The rest were issued appearance tickets for a later court date. Three of the people arrested in August were juveniles.

Criminal incidents reported by police in August (214) were up 14% over August 2020 (188) and were up 21% over August 2019, when 177 criminal incidents were reported.

2021: 1,410 criminal incidents, 255 arrests

2020: 1,221 criminal incidents, 205 arrests

2019: 1,341 criminal incidents , 660 arrests

Setting aside data from the year of the pandemic shutdown, criminal incidents reported by police so far in 2021 were 5% higher than the number reported in the first eight months of 2019, but arrests reported were down 39%.

Criminal incidents reported last month included: assault (2), burglary (3), criminal mischief (28), fireworks (8), fraud (5), graffiti (9), grand larceny (18), identity theft (8), menacing (1), petit larceny (61), reckless endangerment (2), and stolen vehicle (3).

Police issued 470 traffic summonses, 54 town code summonses and 346 parking tickets in June.

Altogether, Riverhead Police received 2,637 calls in June, up 26% over June 2020, and slightly lower than the 2,757 calls received un June 2019.

There were 2,439 noncriminal incidents reported in June, including 402 aided cases (ambulance calls), 202 motor vehicle accidents and 237 automatic alarms (burglary and fire alarms, residential and commercial.)

Among the aided cases last month was one nonfatal overdose, bringing the number of overdoses reported by Riverhead Police this year to 12, all nonfatal, according to the monthly report.

2021 August Police Report by RiverheadLOCAL on Scribd

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