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

Riverhead Town Police reported 180 criminal incidents and 104 arrests in October 2023, according to a monthly crime report released by Police Chief David Hegermiller last week.

The arrests made in October, according to the police chief’s report were for:

  • Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (1)
  • Assault (3)
  • Burglary (5)
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance (14)
  • Criminal possession of stolen property (2)
  • Criminal contempt (6)
  • Criminal mischief (2)
  • Driving while intoxicated (5)
  • Endangering the welfare of a child (1)
  • Forcible touching (1)
  • Grand larceny (2)
  • Harassment (6)
  • Menacing (1)
  • Obstructing government administration (1)
  • Petit larceny (15)
  • Robbery (2)
  • Town code violation (9)
  • Trespass (6)
  • Warrant (22)

For reference, police reported 174 criminal incidents and 130 arrests in September. 

The Riverhead Police Department has changed its method of reporting arrests to comply with the Uniform Crime Reporting system. The new method counts every single crime charged during an arrest, rather than just the most serious charge, as was the department’s previous practice.

Due to the change, Hegermiller’s monthly report now provides both “arrests by number” and “arrests by subject.”

There were 94 individuals arrested in September — 89 adults and five juveniles — compared to 119 individuals arrested in September 2022, according to the report.

Out of the 94 individuals arrested, 47 were held for arraignment.

Criminal incidents reported in September included:

  • Aggravated harassment (1)
  • Burglary (7)
  • Coercion (1)
  • Counterfeiting (1)
  • Criminal contempt (2)
  • Criminal mischief (11)
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance (4)
  • Criminal possession of stolen property (1)
  • Criminal trespass (6)
  • Endangering the welfare of a child (2)
  • Fireworks (1)
  • Forcible touching (1)
  • Forgery (6)
  • Graffiti (5)
  • Grand larceny (20)
  • Harassment (21)
  • Identity theft (4)
  • Illegal dumping (1)
  • Menacing (1)
  • Parole violation (1)
  • Petit larceny (74)
  • Robbery (2)
  • Stolen vehicle (2)
  • Theft of service (1)
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (4)
  • Vehicle pursuit (1)

Police reported 55 domestic incidents in October.

The town issued 733 summonses in October: 78 town code violations, 489 traffic tickets and 166parking tickets.

There were 2,767 non-criminal incidents reported by police in October. There were six nonfatal overdoses and no fatal overdoses.

Police reported 173 motor vehicle accidents in October, none fatal; 28 were classified as minor . Seventeen accidents involved deer.

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.