A Riverhead man was arrested Monday on a felony criminal mischief charge for damage done to a vehicle parked outside a 7-Eleven convenience store on Route 58, according to Riverhead Town Police.
Police said Vincent Braunskill, 51, caused “considerable damage” to a 2006 Toyota Corolla belonging to a store employee shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday. Braunskill threw a bundle of firewood, which is sold at the store, through the rear window of the car, shattering the glass and causing considerable damage to the car, according to a police press release issued Tuesday night. Braunskill fled the area on foot, police said.
Police said officers identified Braunskill by reviewing the store’s surveillance video. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect, according to the report.
Braunskill returned to the store on Monday at about 6:42 p.m. where the employee whose car was damaged Sunday called police. Officers located Braunskill a short distance away and arrested him on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a class E felony, police said.
Braunskill was released on an appearance ticket for a later date in Riverhead Town Justice Court, police said.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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