Arrests appear to put a stop to rash of auto larceny.
By Kevin E. Foley
Cold Spring Mayor Seth Gallagher and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith joined with officers from both their departments at a press conference, Monday afternoon, April 16, to note their joint success in apparently putting a stop to a two-day crime spree in the village. Last week two men were arrested in connection with more than 25 reported car break-ins and at least one burglary. Since the arrests the outbreak has ceased. [See Two Suspects Arrested After Brief Village Crime Wave]
Standing before a table strewn with recovered items ranging from cell phones, to baseball caps, to children’s DVDs, Gallagher and Smith praised the work of the officers in marshalling a quick response that included a late night stake out and the involvement of an undercover officer from the Sheriff’s Dept. Both men, as well as Cold Spring’s Officer-in-Charge, George Kane and Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Gerald Schramek, took turns expressing respect and appreciation for each other’s department and the spirit of cooperation in which they work.
After describing the details of the arrests, Kane asked local residents to call the department weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to report additional stolen property, to seek recovery of items or to report lost property found on the street as it might be involved in the reported incidents.
Mayor Gallagher cited Cold Spring Officers Patrick Lavelle and Terry Comisky for the key role they played, along with Kane, in the apprehension of the suspects. Watch excerpts from the press conference: