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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.

Thirty Year Resident. December 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
And in creeps the Meth to our sleepy little town.
LivingSmall December 09, 2012 at 10:11 PM
This appears to be the first meth lab in our town, Ms. Maeder. I believe that was Thirty's point. No one disputes the fact that there have been drugs here for a long time.
Vilhelm December 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
And we have our "good neighbor" stony brook university to thank for it. Can't wait for house values circle the drain when the build student housing where our quaint little village businesses used to be...
lam December 10, 2012 at 01:53 AM
1st meth lab that has made the papers...........
LEISEL15K December 10, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Well we let all these idiot politicians ruin our communities. We need a bank and cvs etc on every block. Once they start destroying our village I will toss cherry bombs every day on my way to work. Makes me sick what they are doing.
lam December 10, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Lived in this community all my life and yes...leisel 15k I agree. We have allowed our village to be too built up by so many store and banks all too many new "gated" communities. Three Village was beautiful when it was a small town. It's not "personal" any more.
mary ann December 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Hey, nothing stays the same...everything changes. Count your blessings and be glad you were lucky enough to enjoy living in such a beautiful area for so many years. Think about how fortunate you are; I know people in Breezy Point and Long Beach who once had a lovely place too, now they have NOTHING! Stop complaining and have a great day!
Paul Hart December 10, 2012 at 05:36 PM
"Breaking Bad" comes to 3 Villages
Vilhelm December 10, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I'm sorry but that's the most ridiculous thing I've heard. One has nothing to do with the other. The storm was Mother Nature, and was tragic. I know many people affected by the storm as well. Including people right here in the three villages by the way. What we are discussing here does not in any way diminish what occurred to the storm victims. But the events occurring in our town are controllable, unlike a natural disaster. We can hold slum lords accountable for their actions, as well as absentee landlords, and the biggest offender- stony brook university.
chris December 10, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Stop complaining? My kids walk by that house all the time. A meth lab on your block is a big deal.
My3Girls December 10, 2012 at 08:34 PM
The person in question was NOT a student just a renter of a room.
lam December 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Nothing does stay the same Mary Ann but these changes in our community are NOT an improvement.Maybe you would feel differently if you had enjoyed the tree lined streets and Fox's family owned hardware store and such. Three Village and Stony Brook Village are in jeopardy and so are the children growing up now in these communities
Sick of Sycamore Circle December 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM
When is the the town of Brookhaven going to get serious about rental properties? How many houses, blocks, and communities have to decrease in value because of poorly maintained student housing before some laws are passed to protect good home owners who value their property and their community? Renting to several (up to 9) unrelated people in one house is a ticket to disaster for the neighbors. Laws have to be passed to stop this. Otherwise, the circle and all of its friends will circle the drain.
lam December 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Please note....some of these "slum lords" are your neighbors living in the "privileged gated communities" whose children are attendig your schools. Some are serving in our town offices, our school boards, our police departments, etc. Ever wonder why the violations are constantly "overlooked"???
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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