Empty houses hold valuable metal
A Mahopac man and a Shrub Oak man have been charged with third-degree burglary, a felony; they are alleged to have stripped metal from an abandoned home on Route 139 in Somers.
State police say they caught John J. O’Brien III of Shrub Oak and Christopher J. Riechers actively taking metal pipes and wires from a building on the property that they intended to sell.
Both men were arraigned in the Town of Bedford Court and have been remanded to Westchester County Jail without bail. They are scheduled to reappear in the Town of Somers Court at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8.
Jean Valjean reincarnated?
An employee of deli in Pleasantville came into police headquarters July 31 to report stolen bread. He said a delivery person had reported leaving three bags of bread in front of the store at approximately 3:30 a.m., but he did not find any at 5 a.m.
Exes file reports...and again
In Dobbs Ferry, a 38-year-old resident reported July 28 that his ex-girlfriend had been harassing him through text messages. Not long after, the 37-year-old ex-girlfriend came in to report that her ex was coming near her Dobbs Ferry apartment. The couple, who had called it quits a couple of weeks prior, have a mutual friend in the area.
Police told the quarreling exes to stop contacting each other. However, on Aug. 1 the man reported he had parked his 2007 Honda Civic at the Beacon Hill Drive apartment complex, where his ex-girlfriend and their mutual friend live. When he returned to his car he found that the driver’s side front and rear door had been scratched.
Shoplifting goes high-tech
A White Plains man is accused of shoplifting $763 worth of perfumes from a store at the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack and using a bag designed to defeat store security systems, according to police.
Clarkstown police said Herlido DelRosario, 25, is accused of petty larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of an anti-security device in connection with a 6:30 p.m. incident at the Sephora store at the mall.
Police said DelRosario was taking items from the store using a foil-lined bag, known as a "booster bag," to get past security devices. DelRosario was released pending an Aug. 22 hearing in Clarkstown Town Court in New City.
Charges Pending in False Alarm
Police say they have not yet charged a West Nyack man yet for falsely reporting that an armed man broke into his house and that he had to defend himself by firing a shotgun blast.
Clarkstown police said it turned out the 21-year-old had purchased a gun without telling other families members and accidentally discharged the weapon at home. To cover up the blunder, police said the man made up a tale about an intruder.
The young man, police said, has checked himself in for psychiatric evaluation as a result of the incident.
Retired State Police Major Arrested On Theft Charge
Before he retired, Robert U. Kreppein, 47, of Walden, NY, was a New York State Police major who was in charge of the state's aviation unit. Today, he's facing charged of grand larceny, possession of stolen property and official misconduct.
State Police said an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation into the misappropriation of State Police property led to Kreppein's arrest. While working for the State Police, Kreppein is accused of misappropriating an aviation Garmin GPS, which was purchased by the New York State Police for $2,432.81 in 2008.
He was a 24-year veteran of the State Police.