Putnam Valley Man Accused of Burglarizing Seasonal Homes

Sheriff’s department reports arrest and charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reported the arrest of a 40-year-old Putnam Valley resident on various criminal charges stemming from his alleged involvement in burglarizing seasonal homes throughout the town.

Investigators assigned to the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation have been investigating numerous reports of homes being broken into during the early part of 2014. Their probe led to the June 12 arrest of Irving Baisley of 632 Oscawana Lake Road. Baisley was charged with two counts of burglary in the third degree and was subsequently incarcerated in the Putnam County Correctional Facility.

The continuing investigation led to additional charges against Baisley. On Dec. 23, 2014, Investigator Thomas Corless charged him with four additional counts of burglary, two counts of criminal mischief in the second degree and three counts of criminal mischief in the third degree — all felony crimes. In each case, Baisley is accused of entering unoccupied residences, dismantling copper plumbing pipes and stealing them.

Baisley was arraigned on the newly lodged criminal charges before Carmel Town Justice Joseph Spofford, acting on behalf of the Putnam Valley Town Justice Court. He was remanded back to the Putnam County Correctional Facility. He is due to appear in Putnam Valley Court at a later date.


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