Undercover Deputies Foil Crime in Progress

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrests of two Putnam County men on charges stemming from the alleged theft of firearms from a vacant house.

At about 6:00 P.M. on July 11, 2014, a resident in the Continental Village section of the Town of Philipstown called 9-1-1 and reported a possible burglary in progress at a vacant home. Undercover deputies assigned to the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit, who were nearby, heard the ensuing 9-1-1 radio dispatch and responded to the residence.

When the deputies arrived at the house, they observed two men standing in the driveway. One of the men was seen holding a rifle and then throwing it under a parked vehicle. The deputies subsequently found another rifle on the back seat of the men’s vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that both firearms had allegedly been stolen from within the residence.

The suspects were identified as Mr. Robert Curry III, aged 36, of 111 Tanglewyld Road in Lake Peekskill, and Mr. Thomas C. Germano, also 36, of 3527 Route 9 in Philipstown.

Both men were arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. They were arraigned before Philipstown Town Justice Alan Steiner and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility without bail. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

Mr. Germano is reportedly under supervision by the New York State Division of Parole, having been previously convicted of four felony and eight misdemeanor offenses. Mr. Curry is reportedly under supervision by the United States Probation Department, having been previously convicted of five felony and five misdemeanor offenses.

The members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit were assisted in the suspects’ arrests by sheriff’s patrol deputies and criminal investigators and by New York State troopers.

Sheriff Smith praised the resident who called 9-1-1 to tip off authorities in the case. “The caller had the awareness to notice that something was amiss at a house and then took action by promptly dialing 9-1-1 to report it, which enabled law enforcement to stop a crime in progress,” said the Sheriff.