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

Riverhead Town Police reported 198 criminal incidents and made 79 arrests in March, according to a report released Thursday by Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Arrests made last month, according to the report, were for:
Aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle (3)
Burglary (5)
Criminal possession of a controlled substance (5)
Criminal obstruction of breathing (1)
Criminal contempt (5)
Criminal mischief (1)
Criminal sex act (1)
Disorderly conduct (2)
Driving while ability impared (1)
Driving while intoxicated (7)
Endangering the welfare of a child (1)
Grand larceny (1)
Harassment (4)
Menacing (1)
Petit larceny (8)
Rape (3)
Town code violation (12)
Trespass (4)
Warrant (18)

For reference, 135 criminal incidents and 89 arrests were made in February.

Criminal incidents were up from 154 reported in March 2021 and 122 criminal incidents in March 2020.

Criminal incidents last month included aggravated harassment (2), assault (2), attempted burglary (1), burglary (5) criminal mischief (22), petit larceny (55), harassment (36), identity theft (15), fraud (5), grand larceny (29), criminal trespassing (6), criminal possession of stolen property (2), and stolen vehicle (6).

Out of the 79 arrests. 46 people were arraigned for their crimes in March. The town issued 801 summonses (119 parking tickets). There were two juveniles arrested in March.

There were 2,614 non-criminal incidents, which included seven non-fatal overdoses and no fatal overdoses. There were 76 domestic incidents reported in March.

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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]