–THREE YOUTHS ARRESTED AFTER MANHUNT IN WOODS–
–STOLEN VEHICLES, GUNS, OTHER PROPERTY RECOVERED–
David Lussier and Owen McDonald
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department reports that three suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of thefts in the Town of Putnam Valley. The arrests followed a manhunt in a wooded area of the town on Saturday, October 28th. Stolen vehicles and guns were recovered in the case.
Events started to unfold early on Saturday morning, as the Sheriff’s Office began receiving multiple telephone calls from residents in the Wildwood Knolls neighborhood in Putnam Valley. Several callers reported that their vehicles, parked in their driveways, had been broken into sometime during the overnight hours. One victim reported that a detached garage on an Evergreen Way property was broken into and two motorcycles had been stolen. Another resident reported that his loaded handgun had been stolen from his vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to the area and began to interview victims and canvass the neighborhood. At about 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, one of the larceny victims noticed two males riding around the neighborhood on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and recognized them as suspects in the thefts. The victim called 911 and followed the two males in his vehicle.
The two suspects on the ATV attempted to elude the following vehicle and the two vehicles collided. The suspects jumped off the ATV and a brief confrontation ensued between them and the victim before the suspects ran off into a wooded area.
A search for the suspects ensued, involving about a dozen sheriff’s deputies and Investigators, a K-9 unit and a New York State Police helicopter. Authorities, working with the Putnam County 911 Center, issued a mass telephone call to residents in the area alerting them about the search.