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Stony Brook Man Charged With Arson Following Sycamore Circle Incident

The following arrest information was supplied by the Suffolk County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Suffolk County police have arrested a 34-year-old Stony Brook man in connection with the fire at a Sycamore Circle home on Thursday.

Thomas Steinmetz was arrested at 11 a.m. on Friday at a home on Davis Lane in Stony Brook, and is set to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Steinmetz was arrested on three charges: fourth-degree arson, a felony; criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, a felony; and first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony.

On Thursday, police did not immediately confirm that the incident involved methamphetamine but said on Sunday that it did involve the drug. The incident, which occurred early Thursday morning, sent two officers to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

A police spokesperson said the reckless endangerment charge stemmed from the fact that there were other people inside the Sycamore Circle house at the time of the incident.

Court records also show Steinmetz was arrested in July for alleged criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors, for which he is due back in court in January.

Tim Singleton December 11, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I have lived in the S Section for 12 years and it is still a great place to live. But it has changed a lot. Instead of turning away and pretending the problems don't exist, call the town about the illegal apartments; call the police when you notice a lot of people going in and out of a house at all times of the day; call them again when you see people sitting in cars on the circle or dead ends for long periods of time. Keep this a great place to live, because moving away won't make it better. Tim S.
Lenny Scolaro December 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The suspect is 34 unless he is Van Wilder I doubt he is a student. This is the problem with non resident landlord's we are assuming these places are filling with Students, we would be lucky if this is true. These places are filling up with anyone that has a heartbeat and two months rent in his/her pocket. God knows who they are and what types of legal, family and financial situations they are in.
Lenny Scolaro December 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
So your ok with articles about houses in your neighborhood with the following key word searches? Related Topics: Arson, Drugs, Narcotics, Stony Brook, Sycamore Circle, and methamphetamines
LivingSmall December 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
http://www.stonybrookchina.com/ "REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT IN THE NEW YORK Eventually we would like to grow to include real estate investment anywhere in the US, but for now, we are able to handle the metro NY area. Parents of students going to American colleges find it is smart to purchase a residence near the college their child is attending, especially graduate students. It becomes a long term investment, it gives the student a place to live, it provides income by having the extra rooms rented to other students. The process is a complicated one if a mortgage is needed." Hmmmm..foreign students have parents buying up properties for their children to live in and to bring in income. Are the parents (who chances are still live in their native country) actually doing any sort of vigorous background checks? What do they care? They don't live here. They reap the rental income, we wind up with the detritus.
Mitchel Eisenstein December 19, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Best to rent to grad students

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