Two Suspects Arrested After Brief Village Crime Wave

Police say they were in possession of stolen property. More arrests possible.

By Kevin E. Foley

The Village of Cold Spring Police and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of two men in connection with a string of thefts from vehicles during the overnight hours of April 11 and April 12. Cold Spring Police said they received about 25 separate reports of thefts from parked vehicles during the two-day span in addition to a residential burglary.

As a result of the joint investigation, police observed a male subject, later identified as Elbert L. “Buck” Vanvelsor 36, of New Windsor (formally of Cold Spring), at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the downtown area of the Village carrying several bags. Police watched as Vanvelsor attempted to hide the bags behind a local business where he claimed to be employed. During the investigation he was found to be in possession of numerous GPS units, cell phones, radar detectors, cameras and clothing items as well as other property determined to be stolen.

A second subject, William King 19, of Main Street, Cold Spring, was also identified as a suspect and taken into custody at about 2:40 a.m. at the intersection of Route 9D and Route 301.

 Vanvelsor is currently charged with one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree, a class D felony and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, a class A misdemeanor after he was found to be in possession of a quantity of Roxicodone pills.

King is currently charged with one count of Burglary 2nd degree, a class D felony, one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree, a class D felony and several counts of petit larceny, A misdemeanors.

 Vanvelsor was held at the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $ 30,000.00 cash /$60,000 bond and King was held on $100,000 cash/$200,000 bond. The two were arraigned by the Hon. Thomas Costello of the Village of Cold Spring Justice Court and are scheduled for a May court appearance in the Village of Cold Spring. The investigation is on-going and additional arrests and charges are pending.
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