2014 November & December

December 17, 2014 – Holiday Safety

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reminds the community to be safe
this holiday season. The holiday season is a time when lives become hectic,
we become complacent and as a result are vulnerable to crime. Consider shopping
with a friend or family member so you’re not alone and you can watch over
each other.

The holidays are a good time to update or create a home inventory. Take photos
or videos of items, and list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is
burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify and claim stolen
items. Also, write down any account numbers and phone numbers to contact banks
and lenders should you need to cancel any financial accounts if you lose or
have your wallet stolen.

Whenever you leave your home, make sure your doors and windows are secure,
alarm systems are on and packages out of view to deter a potential burglar.
If you’re traveling out of town, keep your lights on timers, have your
driveway cleared of snow and have neighbors keep an eye on your home and
retrieve your mail. Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts or
illegitimate people or organizations going door to door for charitable
donations. Ask for identification and their Peddler’s Permit issued by the
Town Clerk. If you’re not comfortable or satisfied with their credentials,
don’t donate or purchase from them.

Holiday shoppers make perfect targets for vehicle break–ins. Caution is
advised when choosing to leave valuables or shopping bags in your vehicle.
All electronic devices such as GPS systems, radar detectors and other musical
devices are tempting for criminals looking to break–in to your vehicle.
Plan ahead and leave them at home and if you absolutely must leave any valuables
in your car, place them in the trunk and always lock the doors. Anything of
value, even loose change, is inviting to a criminal. When possible, shop during
daylight hours and park in well–lit, highly trafficked areas of a
parking lot.

While shopping, stay alert to your surroundings, don’t leave your purse
unattended if you must bring it with you. Consider carrying a small wallet
and keeping it in your front pocket and avoid carrying a large amount of cash.
It is not recommended to have your debit or credit card PIN numbers written
down in your wallet. If you realize your card has been lost or stolen,
immediately cancel your card and contact the police. Don’t overload yourself
with packages and beware of strangers approaching you or around you,
this may be a method of distracting you with the intention of taking your
belongings.

When you’re arriving or leaving the mall or store, be aware of who is
congregated around the entrances and parking lots. Use caution when
approaching your car, take time to look inside, around and even underneath
your vehicle. This is not the time to let your guard down. Keep your guard
up until you are locked inside your vehicle and on your way.

December 6, 2014 – Armed Robbery

On December 6, 2014 at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was notified of an armed robbery that had just occurred at Dimpy’s Food Mart & Deli, 401 Vassar Road, Town of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

A preliminary investigation has disclosed that a white male, approximately 5′10′ to 6′ tall, wearing a yellow raincoat with his face covered by a ski mask and armed with a handgun, entered the business and demanded cash from an employee behind the counter. The victim complied and the suspect walked out of the store and fled in an unknown direction.

The employee was not injured and the amount of cash stolen is not being disclosed.

An extensive search of the area was conducted by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department in conjunction with the New York State Police, who supported the investigation with the deployment of a K9 unit at the scene.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division at 845-485-3670 or their local police agency.

November 2014 – Armed Robbery

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is investigating a report of an armed robbery that took place on November 19, 2014 at approximately 10:10pm at Sam’s Mart located at 174 Innis Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Two (2) masked men entered the store and demanded money from a store cashier. One of the suspects threatened the employee with a handgun during the robbery. The suspects immediately left on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. Responding officers, detectives and a Town Police K9 Unit were immediately deployed to the area.

The suspects are described as follows:
Suspect#1- black male, light complexion, 5′9′ tall, thin build wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt.

Suspect#2- black or Hispanic male, 5′7′ tall, stocky build wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front and dark pants.

There were no injuries reported during this robbery.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is requesting anyone with information to contact the Detective Division at 845-485-3670 or Headquarters at 845-485-3666. Anonymous tips can also be left at TownPolice.net.

November 4, 2014 – Domestic Incident: Menacing, Criminal Contempt, Unlawful Imprisonment

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at approximately 1:09 p.m. the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to a domestic dispute call for service in a residential neighborhood near the east end of Route 44 in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The caller indicated that his 32 year old stepson had entered the house without permission and in violation of a local court Order of Protection previously issued against his stepson. The stepfather reported that his stepson had threatened him with what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun. The stepson removed some personal items and clothing from the house and fled.

A subsequent investigation resulted in the suspect being located in a motor vehicle on Route 9G in the Town of Poughkeepsie at approximately 3:50 p.m. Police Officers attempted to stop the suspect but he failed to comply and attempted to flee northbound on Route 9G into the Town of Hyde Park. He was stopped a short while later without additional incident.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department was assisted with stopping the suspect by the Town of Hyde Park Police Department. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office also assisted during the investigation.

A continuing investigation is being conducted in an attempt to recover the handgun alleged to have been used during the initial incident.

ARREST INFORMATION

Defendant: StephenTillery , age 32
42 Titus Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Charges:
Unlawful Imprisonment in the first degree
Penal Law Sect. 135-10, Class E felony

Criminal Contempt in the first degree
Penal Law Sect. 215-51(b)(i), Class E felony

Menacing in the second degree
Penal Law Sect. 120-14(1), Class A misdemeanor

ARRAIGNMENT INFORMATION

The defendant was arraigned on November 4, 2014 at 11:56 p.m. by Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Paul Banner and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash/$200,000 bond to reappear on November 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.