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May 24, 2012 1:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tip Leads To Two Arrests In Restaurant Burglary; Register Pulled From Bay

May 28, 2012 5:02 PM

An anonymous tip about an unusual tattoo has led to the arrest of two people who are suspected of burglarizing an East Quogue Chinese food restaurant and making off with both the register and $550 in cash.

Southampton Town Police said the tip—from someone who recognized a star tattoo on the hand of a woman caught on surveillance video burglarizing the China Delight restaurant on Montauk Highway on May 5—led to the arrest of 19-year-old Desiree M. Guida of East Quogue on Wednesday. Police said she was picked up at her Central Avenue home and brought to police headquarters for questioning. She was arrested at 2:05 p.m., they said, and charged with third-degree burglary, a felony.

At 6:26 p.m. that day, police also arrested 18-year-old James B. Patrikis, also of East Quogue, at his Candice Drive home. He was also charged with felony third-degree burglary, police said.

The surveillance video from the restaurant showed two people, a man and a woman, breaking into the business sometime after midnight on Saturday, May 5. Police said the suspects had entered the restaurant through a rear door after knocking out a dead bolt. The pair know each other from the neighborhood, officers said.

The security footage also showed that the woman had a distinctive star tattoo between her thumb and index finger on one hand. Police put out an alert through Suffolk County Crime Stoppers earlier this week and, according to Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa, one of the tips they received was about the tattoo.

During questioning, police said Ms. Guida and Mr. Patrikis told detectives that they had later thrown the cash register into the waters off Bay Avenue in East Quogue a short time after the burglary. On Wednesday afternoon, the police department’s dive team fished out the register from the estimated 53-degree water within 15 minutes, Det. Sgt. Costa said.

Inside was “a small amount of change, sludge and a mackerel,” Det. Sgt. Costa said. The $550 has not been recovered.

Both Ms. Guida and Mr. Patrikis were held overnight at police headquarters in Hampton Bays. They each posted $1,000 bail following a Thursday arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court and are due back in court on July 16, court officials said.

“Crime Stoppers was instrumental in the resolution of this case,” Det. Sgt. Costa said.

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"Mackerel", I like it.
By ba (50), speonk on May 24, 12 3:52 PM
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I think the mackerel did it. It was a suicide.
By nutbeem (27), Westhampton on May 24, 12 6:26 PM
Sounds like a FISHY story to me.
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on May 24, 12 7:31 PM
Holy Mackerel! Stupid is what stupid does. You can blame this on the kids parents for not keeping tabs on their kids
By Jaws (245), Westhampton Beach on May 24, 12 10:27 PM
Must have been one very surprised mackeral, just minding his own business.. swimming along .. and BAM!! a cash register lands on his head !!
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on May 25, 12 10:56 AM
2 members liked this comment
Tip for Desiree-wear gloves next time.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on May 25, 12 1:20 PM
1 member liked this comment
Idiots - deserved to be caught.
By suzer67 (51), nanuet on May 27, 12 11:58 PM
Does anyone remember the name of the "general store" that was there in the 60's and 70's? Was it something like the Royal Scarlet store???
By suzer67 (51), nanuet on May 28, 12 12:04 AM
Deke Powell's Royal Scarlet
By afj (24), East Quogue on May 31, 12 7:19 AM
No surprise with this one.
By Miss K. (103), East Quogue on May 31, 12 8:55 AM
Well there's one way to screw up your summer. Nice going kiddos.
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Jun 1, 12 5:19 PM