Philipstown and Lake Peekskill men arrested
A quick-witted neighbor and quick-moving undercover agents thwarted an apparent theft of guns from a Continental Village residence Friday evening (July 11), with two suspects arrested, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.
The Sheriff’s Department said Monday afternoon that the incident began about 6 p.m. when someone in Continental Village called 911 to report a possible burglary underway at a nearby vacant house. Undercover deputies from the sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit, in the vicinity at the time, heard the subsequent radio dispatch and responded.
The department said that upon arrival at the home, the undercover deputies observed two men standing in the driveway, one holding a rifle, which he threw under a parked car or truck. Upon checking, the deputies found another rifle on the back seat of the pair’s vehicle. Further investigation revealed that both firearms had allegedly been stolen from the home, the Sheriff’s Department explained in a news release.
With sheriff’s patrol deputies and criminal investigators and the New York State Police assisting the undercover deputies, the two suspects were arrested and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; criminal possession of a firearm; fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property; and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The Sheriff’s Department identified the men as Thomas C. Germano of 3527 Route 9, Philipstown, and Robert Curry III, of 111 Tanglewyld Road, in Lake Peekskill, both age 36.
Arraigned before Philipstown Justice Alan Steiner, they were remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility without bail. The investigation continues and further charges may result, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The Sheriff’s Department added that “Germano is reportedly under supervision by the New York State Division of Parole, having been previously convicted of four felony and eight misdemeanor offenses” while “Curry is reportedly under supervision by the United States Probation Department, having been previously convicted of five felony and five misdemeanor offenses.”
Sheriff Donald Smith praised the resident who alerted authorities. “The caller had the awareness to notice that something was amiss at a neighbor’s house and then took action by promptly dialing 911 to report it, which enabled law enforcement to stop a crime in progress,” Smith said. “It is gratifying to know that here in Putnam County we have residents who care about their neighbors’ property and who are watching out for one another.”
As in all cases, the Sheriff’s Department noted “that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”