Riverhead Police Department headquarters in January 2021. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Town Police reported 192 criminal incidents and made 42 arrests in December, according to a report released Thursday by Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Arrests made last month, according to the report, were:
Arson (1)
Assault (2)
Attempted robbery (1)
Criminal possession of a controlled substance (3)
Criminal possession of stolen property (2)
Criminal possession of a weapon (1)
Criminal obstruction of breathing (1)
Criminal contempt (4)
Criminal Mischief (2)
Driving while intoxicated (4)
Endangering the welfare of a child (1)
Exposure of a person (1)
Grand larceny (1)
Harassment (4)
Petit larceny (1)
Town code violation (3)
Warrant (10)

For reference, 183 criminal incidents and 45 arrests were made in November. Criminal incidents were up from 156 in December 2020 and 123 criminal incidents in December 2019.

Criminal incidents last month included aggravated harassment (3), assault (1), criminal mischief (20), petit larceny (72), harassment (25), grand larceny (25), criminal trespassing (4), criminal possession of stolen property 2), exposure of a person (5), robbery (1) and stolen vehicle (7).

Thirty people were arraigned for their crimes in December. The town issued 294 summonses (73 parking tickets). There were two juveniles arrested in December.

There were 2,388 non-criminal incidents, which included four non-fatal overdoses and two fatal overdoses. The two overdose fatalities were the first and only recorded by the police department this year.

Correction: This article has been amended to correct an error in the reported number of criminal incidents in December 2020. Police reported 156 criminal incidents in December 2020, not 192.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]