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Pair face charges in theft of vehicle

A homeless man was arrested late Monday night after he stole a car in Hampton Bays, while an 18-year-old was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in connection with the case, police said.

John Z. Martinolich, 28, was arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property was Stephen Mineo, 18, of Hampton Bays.

Southampton Town police said a woman reported that the vehicle, a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander, was stolen from Bel-Aire Cove on Shinnecock Road at about 10 p.m. Detectives found the vehicle on Flanders Road near the intersection with Bellows Pond Road.

Martinolich and Mineo were both held for arraignment.


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