Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Philipstown teenager on felony criminal charges stemming from the alleged theft of three motorcycles. On June 2, 2011, a Philipstown resident reported that his three motorcycles, valued at $1,700 each, had been stolen. According to the Sheriff’s Department, investigators learned that an18year-old resident of Garrison, N.Y., had been employed by the owner of the motorcycles and asked to store them at a safe location. The sheriff said that in April (of this year) the teen attempted to drive one of the vehicles when it caught fire and sustained extensive damage. The sheriff also alleged that the youth then disassembled that motorcycle and the others in his possession and sold the parts as scrap at a Dutchess County scrap metal yard.
The teenager was arrested and charged with three counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. He was arraigned before Philipstown Town Justice Steven Tomann and released without bail pending a future court appearance. If convicted, he may serve up to four years in jail.