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Southampton burglary suspect sought for questioning, cops say

Southampton Town police are asking the public's help

Southampton Town police are asking the public's help to identify and locate this man who is wanted for questioning in a burglary on July 6, 2016, at Southampton Jewelry Exchange. The vehicle is what he was driving, police said. Credit: SCPD

Police want to talk to a man who asked about a store safe and other business details — like how long it took the owner to get to work — the day before a Southampton jewelry store was burglarized last month, investigators said Wednesday.

Southampton Town police said it’s not clear if the two events are related — or just happenstance.

But, Det. Sgt. Lisa Costa said, there’s reason for detectives to want to locate the man, who was seen on video surveillance from the Southampton Jewelry Exchange on July 5. The store, on County Road 39, was burglarized July 6.

Costa said it was unclear if any items were actually stolen. The store was broken into, she said, but store owners are still conducting an inventory to see if any items are missing.

“There was nothing obvious that was taken,” she said.

Police have released images from the store surveillance; one of the man wanted for questioning, another of his sport utility vehicle.

Costa said that the day before the break-in “this man was in the jewelry store asking where the safe was located and how long it took the owner to get to work” — and other “suspicious” questions. Costa said the store owner didn’t voice concerns to authorities until after the break-in the next day.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.

All calls will remain confidential.

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