Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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New Hampshire Man Faces Larceny, Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a New Hampshire man on charges of larceny and drug possession.

Sheriff Warns Businesses of Telephone Scam

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith wishes to warn local businesses of a telephone scam that has been perpetrated by an unknown subject.

Brewster Man Faces Drug Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Brewster man on a drug possession charge.

Patterson Men Face Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of two Patterson men on drug charges.

Mahopac Couple Brought Kids to Drug Deal

Philip C. Callaci and Dawn Lagatella

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man and a woman from Mahopac brought their two young children with them when they went to make a drug deal in that hamlet. Mr. Philip C. Callaci, aged 49, and Ms. Dawn Lagatella, aged 38, of 1 Parker Drive in Mahopac, face drug dealing and child endangerment charges in the case. The alleged incident took place on Wednesday, October 26th.

The couple, who are described as boyfriend and girlfriend, allegedly drove together in a car to the parking lot of a Mahopac gas station on Wednesday afternoon, where they had pre-arranged to meet with, and sell heroin to, a buyer. The couple’s two children–a two-year-old and a three-week-old infant–were with them in the car at the time.

The buyer in the drug transaction turned out to be an undercover deputy sheriff working as part a buy-and-bust team of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (“NEU”). When the alleged heroin sale was transacted, NEU members moved in and arrested Mr. Callaci and Ms. Lagatella and seized a quantity of heroin from the couple’s car. Uniformed patrol deputies and state troopers assisted the undercover narcotics team in the arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office notified the Putnam County Department of Child Protective Services regarding the incident. The children were temporarily turned over to a relative at the scene.

Connecticut Bank Robbery Suspects Caught Asleep at the Wheel

Vance A. Coffin and Vincent T. Rollins

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that two fugitives wanted for bank robbery in Connecticut were captured in the Putnam County town of Southeast today (Tuesday). The pair was apprehended after they were found sleeping in a stolen car parked near a reservoir.

Messrs. Vance A. Coffin and Vincent T. Rollins, both aged 50 and having last known addresses in Norwich, Connecticut, are facing local stolen property counts in addition to the Connecticut bank robbery charges. Their arrests unfolded after the Connecticut State Police notified the Sheriff’s Office at about 11:30 A.M. this morning that the men were wanted for an alleged September 23rd bank robbery in Canterbury, Connecticut and that they were believed to be somewhere in the area of Brewster, New York. Connecticut authorities provided a description of the fugitives and said that they should be considered armed and dangerous.

Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is urging County residents to exercise care on October 31st to help ensure the safety of children celebrating Halloween or other harvest season festivities. Parents are urged to observe the following safety tips:

Brewster Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Brewster man on felony drug charges.

In June of this year, a deputy sheriff assigned to the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) developed information that the defendant was selling prescription pills in the Town of Southeast area. The deputy was able to arrange for the purchase of pills from this subject. On October 20, 2016, the deputy located the subject and arrested him for the sale and possession of Alprazolam (Xanax).

Armed Robber of Patterson Eatery Apprehended

John E. Caputo

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a suspect who was being sought by authorities for an armed robbery in Patterson on October 18th has been apprehended. Mr. John E. Caputo, aged 47, of Wingdale in Dutchess County, is facing a first degree robbery charge, accused of allegedly holding up the Subway sandwich shop in the Patterson Commons Shopping Center at about 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday.

During the robbery, Mr. Caputo allegedly brandished a knife and ordered a shop clerk to hand over money from the cash register. The suspect took an undisclosed sum of case, departed from the shop and reportedly used a pickup truck that he had left parked nearby as a getaway vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.

Mr. Caputo was apprehended at about nine o’clock this morning (October 20th) when a Sheriff’s investigator in an unmarked car spotted him driving a pickup truck in Kent. The investigator recognized the truck and its driver as matching the descriptions of the suspect and vehicle wanted in the robbery.

The investigator, with assistance from the Town of Kent Police Department, pulled over Mr. Caputo’s vehicle and detained the suspect for questioning. After interviewing Mr. Caputo, investigators charged him with the robbery.

As of the time of this News Release, Mr. Caputo was awaiting arraignment in court on the robbery charge. That offense is a class B felony, which is punishable by up to 25 years’ imprisonment upon conviction.

Man Sought in Patterson Armed Robbery

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery of the Subway sandwich shop in the Patterson Commons shopping center located at 3101 Route 22 at the intersection of Route 311 in the Town of Patterson. The incident occurred on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at approximately 6:30 p.m. At that time, members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police responded to a 911 report that the establishment had just been robbed.


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