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Hamptons teen burglarized homes, took stolen vehicles on joy rides, cops say

A Westhampton teen is in custody on charges related to a crime spree that included burglaries and stealing vehicles to take them on joy rides, authorities said Monday.

Southampton Town Justice Court records indicate that Lawrence E. Brown, Jr., 18, is being held on $22,000 cash bail or $11,000 bond, and that he is due back in court on Oct. 25.

Brown was arrested at 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 2 by Southampton Town police officers responding to a call of a suspicious person on Shore Road in Westhampton, police said Monday.

Police said Brown was caught “attempting to abscond from the area with stolen property.”

He was later charged with burglarizing a home in the area, as well as stealing license plates from a vehicle and other crimes.

Police said Brown was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of third-degree grand larceny, one count of fourth-degree grand larceny and with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. It was not immediately known if Brown is represented by legal counsel.

In addition to the burglary charge from Oct. 2, police said Brown was charged with a burglary that took place on Sept. 26 in Eastport, where he stole liquor from a home.

The larceny charges involve stealing a vehicle on three separate dates from a home on Baycrest Avenue. Those took place on Aug. 1, Aug. 12 and Aug. 13.

Other grand larceny charges are from the theft of a 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup truck from a home on Castleview Court, Westhampton, on Aug. 31, while the final grand larceny charge is for stealing a 1998 Dodge pickup truck from a home on Aupancuck Point Road in Westhampton on Sept. 9.

The unauthorized use charge is for using a 2006 Land Rover without the owner’s permission on Oct. 1 and 2.

Police said that in that case, Brown took the SUV, used it without permission, then returned it — so he could “utilize the vehicle again in the future, unbeknownest to its owner.”


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