Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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2017 Boat Safety Schedule

Marc 12th - Mahopac Marina
April 28yh and 29th - Bureau of Emergency Service
May 13th -Bureau of Emergency Service

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Shane Reese Podcast

Recently, Sheriff Smith appeared on the Shane Reese Podcast discussing safety concerns of larger tractor-trailers on our highways.

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.

Mahopac Man Charged in Sexual Abuse of Teen

Daniel G. Moloney, Jr.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a Mahopac man has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl. Mr. Daniel G. Moloney, Jr., aged 30, of 365 East Lake Boulevard, is accused of allegedly victimizing the girl–described as a family friend–in his home.

Based upon the victim’s allegations, Sheriff’s investigators obtained and executed a search warrant for Mr. Moloney’s home on October 12th. The next day, Mr. Moloney surrendered himself at the Sheriff’s Office, accompanied by his attorney. He was arrested and arraigned before Town of Carmel Justice Joseph Spofford, who set bail in the amount of $40,000.00, which was posted to secure his release.

The defendant is facing two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree. Those offenses are class B felonies, which are punishable by up to 25 years’ imprisonment upon conviction.

Danbury Man Faces Driving While Intoxicated Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Danbury man on a Driving While Intoxicated charge.

On October 17, 2016 at 4:03 a.m., Deputy Sheriff Kevin Radovich stopped a motorist who had committed a traffic violation on Route 6 in the Town of Southeast.

New York City Man Arrested on Drug and Weapon Charges in Mahopac

Julio A. Garcia

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (“NEU”) has arrested a New York City man on drug and weapon charges in Mahopac. Mr. Julio A. Garcia, aged 37, of Coral Reef Way in Queens, is facing felony charges in the case.

The arrest occurred at about 11:30 PM on October 13th, after sheriff’s deputies pulled over the car Mr. Garcia was driving along Route 6N in Mahopac for traffic infractions. During the vehicle stop, deputies determined that Mr. Garcia was driving outside the restrictions of a conditional license, stemming from a prior conviction earlier this year for driving while impaired by alcohol.

Upon further investigation, deputies found that Mr. Garcia was allegedly in possession of 15 plastic bags containing cocaine and one plastic bag containing a quantity of the synthetic drug MDMA (also known as “ecstasy”). In addition, he was allegedly found to have a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol within the vehicle.

Philipstown Man Faces Drug Possession Charge

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

On September 22, 2016 at 8:28 a.m., Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Irwin stopped a motorist who had committed a traffic violation on Route 301 in the Town of Philipstown.


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