Dutchess County Teen Charged in Garrison Burglary
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of an eighteen year-old Dutchess County resident as a result of an investigation into a reported residential burglary in Garrison.
On December 19, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a homeowner reporting that while on vacation, their residence was unlawfully entered and a quantity of jewelry stolen. After a uniformed deputy sheriff responded to conduct the initial investigation, the matter was referred to Investigator Robert Ferris of the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. His probe led to suspecting the owner’s granddaughter, Emma Martinez of 430 Cedar Hill Drive, Fishkill, New York, as a person of interest. Investigators Ferris and James Babcock interviewed the teenager and learned that she had taken the jewelry from the residence and sold it at a pawn shop in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Ms. Martinez was arrested and charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class “C” violent felony. She was arraigned before Kent Town Justice Peter Collins, acting on behalf of the Town of Philipstown Court, and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Ms. Martinez is scheduled to appear in court on January 8, 2014 at 10AM.
Investigators traveled to the pawn shop and were able to recover a number of the stolen items.
If convicted of the burglary charge, Ms. Martinez may be sentenced to a term of incarceration for up to fifteen years in a New York State Correctional Facility as determined by a court.