Two Women Arrested in Hiker Car Thefts

Sheriff alleges they stole from parked vehicles

Putnam County sheriff’s deputies on July 10 arrested two Fishkill women on felony charges of grand larceny following an investigation into a string of burglaries in Philipstown, Putnam Valley and Kent.

Megan M. Gonzalez, 25, and Kimberly B. Greer, 24, were released pending court appearances.

Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley Jr. said in a statement that police received complaints over the course of about three weeks from hikers who, upon returning to their parked cars, discovered items such as loose change, pocketbooks and wallets containing credit cards, money and identifications were missing. The thefts took place along Route 9D from Little Stony Point to Breakneck Mountain and along Route 301 in Fahnestock State Park.

The stolen credit cards were used for purchases in Dutchess, Orange and Westchester counties, as well as in Danbury, Connecticut. Using security footage, sheriff’s investigators identified two women as suspects and obtained a description of their vehicle.

A sheriff’s investigator driving on Route 301 saw the suspects’ vehicle in a parking area of Canopus Lake in Putnam Valley. The women were arrested when they emerged from a trail.

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