Sheriff Donald B. Smith


Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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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.

Connecticut Man Faces Drug Possession Charge

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

On September 25, 2016 at 2:06 a.m., Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Irwin stopped a motorist who had committed a traffic violation on Sodom Road in the Town of Southeast.

Bronx Man Charged With Drug Possession

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Bronx man on narcotics possession charges.

Yorktown Man Charged With Boating While Intoxicated

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Yorktown man accused of operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol.

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