Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Philipstown resident on a variety of criminal charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a residential burglary.
On July 15, three deputies responded to a residence located at Route 301 in the Town of Philipstown to investigate the reported theft of jewelry and a shotgun from within two dwellings.
The deputies’ initial investigation revealed that two residences were entered – the complainant’s home and a basement apartment occupied by a tenant. The complainant’s home had jewelry and a shotgun stolen, while the tenant’s basement apartment had jewelry taken as well. After conducting the initial report, deputies were joined by investigators from the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The result of their investigation indicated that 31 year-old Anthony L. Dorazio, a live-in relative of the complainant, recently moved into the house. Further investigation confirmed him as the suspect involved in the thefts.
Dorazio was arrested and charged with burglary in the second degree, two counts of grand larceny in the third degree and petit larceny. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of Suboxone, a prescription narcotic, which he possessed unlawfully.
Dorazio was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Dorazio was arraigned before Philipstown Town Justice Steven Tomann and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 secured bond pending a future court appearance.
Sheriff’s investigators recovered the stolen shotgun at a nearby gun dealer. They also seized several pieces of the stolen jewelry, which they found at a Dutchess County jewelry store.
If convicted of the most serious charge, Dorazio may be sentenced to a term of incarceration for up to 15 years in a New York State correctional facility as determined by a court.