Sheriff’s Department Arrests Dutchess Man on Allegation of Cold Spring Theft

Traffic offense charges also involved

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department last Wednesday arrested a Dutchess man on burglary charges after a complaint from a Cold Spring resident that a large, flat-screen television system had been stolen after an intruder had entered the home.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, a string of events culminating in the arrest began about 10:30 p.m. on June 21, when the village resident informed the Cold Spring Police Department of the alleged illicit entry and theft of the TV.  The police conducted an initial investigation before contacting the Sheriff’s Department, which said its own investigators subsequently identified a potential suspect. The department said that the latter was arrested July 3 when Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Aisenstat, patrolling Route 9 in Philipstown, saw a car with a license plate linked to the potential suspect.

The department reported that the driver, identified as Jason M. Smith, a 36-year-old Fishkill resident, was then arrested for allegedly driving with a suspended license and other traffic offenses. A subsequent interview by Department Investigator Thomas Corless and review of evidence resulted in the charging of Smith of 2nd-degree burglary, a violent felony, the department stated. It added that Smith is also suspected of involvement in a burglary in the Village of Wappingers.

Smith was arraigned and remanded without bail to the Putnam County Correctional Facility, pending a future court apperance, sheriff’s officials said.

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