Two people have been accused of stealing holiday tips left for sanitation workers Thursday in northern Brookhaven town.
Suffolk County police arrested Anthony Williamson, 20, of Setauket, and 29-year-old Denise Razzano of Centereach following separate alleged thefts hours apart.
“The Suffolk County Police Department suggests hand-delivering your tips to your sanitation workers,” police said in a news release as advice to thwart such thefts.
In the first case, police said a Poquott village homeowner witnessed three people pull up in a car, one person get out and steal a $200 tip the victim left on a garbage pail for his sanitation workers at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
The victim confronted the trio, called 911 and chased them as the fled the scene, police said.
Officers apprehended Williamson shortly later, recovered the money and are still searching for the two other suspects, police said.
In a similar incident later the same morning, police said a Stony Brook homeowner witnessed a woman take a note left on a garbage can directing sanitation workers to a card left for them at the front door.
The suspect in that case, Razzano, also stole the card, but gave it back and apologized after the homeowner confronted her, police said. Officers apprehended Razzano after she fled the scene, police added.
Razzano and Williamson were both charged with petit larceny.