U.S. marshals tracked down a sex offender living in an Islandia storage unit decked out with a bed and DVD player after he moved from a county facility and didn't register a new address, officials said Thursday.
Anthony P. Purificato, 43, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant Southampton Town police issued in June after Purificato left a trailer for homeless sex offenders at the Suffolk County jail, said Sgt. Howard Kalb, a Southampton police spokesman.
Kalb said police regularly monitor sex offenders who are registered to live at the site.
"He moved from Riverside in May, and once his name did not show up on our list, we issued a warrant," Kalb said.
Federal marshals arrested Purificato and returned him to Southampton Town police. He was arraigned on charges of failing to register as a sex offender on Wednesday in Southampton Town Court and was remanded without bail.
Insp. Roy Wright, a deputy U.S. marshal with the New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force, Long Island Division, said Purificato had previously listed the storage facility's Veterans Memorial Highway address as his residence. However, Suffolk police had told him he could not live in the storage unit.
Officials did not identify the storage facility.
Wright and detectives were outside the unit when they noticed the door was neither locked nor securely closed.
"We found him standing behind the door, inside the unit," he said.
Wright said Purificato had a bed, space heater, DVD player and television, and was drawing electricity from the storage facility.
"He had it fixed pretty good and was renting it for $230 a month," he said.