2017 News

March 22, 2017 – Thefts from Parked Vehicles

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is investigating a recent pattern of thefts from parked motor vehicles. These thefts are occurring in residential areas particularly during overnight hours.

Most recently, the northeast part of the Town has been affected, including the following streets and other streets nearby: Dutchess Turnpike, Overocker Road, DeGarmo Road, Taft Avenue, Marple Road, and North Grand Avenue.

The common thread in all the crimes is that the vehicles were left unlocked and coins or other valuables were in plain sight. Vehicle owners are strongly advised to follow basic safety rules to discourage thefts, such as not leaving valuables in your vehicle and always locking your vehicle.

Persons should also keep a list of serial numbers or identifying marks on their valuables. Should the police recover any stolen property, your property can more easily be matched to what is recovered.

Anyone who observes suspicious persons or vehicles, should get a description and direction of travel, and immediately call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police at 845-485-3666. Tips may also be left by calling the police department or submitting information at www.townpolice.net.

March 16, 2017 – Bank Robbery – Suspect charged

On March 15, 2017, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department arrested 32 year-old Adam S. Malavase, a Town of Poughkeepsie resident, for Robbery 1st Degree (B-Felony). Malavase was arrested following the investigation of a bank robbery on March 15, 2017 at 10:40 a.m., at the Citizen’s Bank, 32 Vassar Road in the town.

A call was received from bank personnel reporting the robbery, and it was reported that the suspect threatened the use of a firearm and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. Responding officers were provided with a vehicle description, obtained by a bank security officer, which the suspect was possibly operating. While officers were conducting an initial investigation at the bank, other officers located the vehicle matching the reported description at a residence in the town. As a result of the investigation, Malavase was charged with this robbery and it was determined that he is also responsible for a previously reported bank robbery from March 8, 2017, which occurred at the same bank. Charges from the previous incident are pending.

Malavase was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond and he is scheduled to reappear on March 20, 2017. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

March 8, 2017 – Bank Robbery

On Wednesday, March 8th, at approximately 1:17 p.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a call for a reported bank robbery at Citizens Bank on Vassar Road in Red Oaks Mill. First responding patrols conducted an area check and interviews of any potential witnesses. The investigation is ongoing at this time. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Patrol, K9 and Detective units are still on scene as of 2:30 p.m. As more information becomes available a revised press release will be issued. If anyone has any information on the robbery, please contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

March 1, 2017 – Arrest of Home Health Care Aide

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of 56 year-old Cheryl Thomas, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for Grand Larceny 3rd Degree (D-Felony) and two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree (E-Felony). The investigation was initiated upon a complaint by a town resident on February 3, 2017, reporting unauthorized charges on her debit card at area businesses and items were missing from her residence. A subsequent investigation by the Detective Division identified the person responsible for the thefts as a home health care aide that was working in the victim’s home for a period of several months.

Thomas was arrested on February 27, 2017 and arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and released under the supervision of the Dutchess County Probation Department, and is scheduled to reappear on March 1, 2017.

March 1, 2017 – Sex Offender Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reports the arrest of 41 year-old Juan A. Rodriguez, a New York State registered Level-3 sex offender, on February 28, 2017, for failure to report a change of address and failure to verify his address every 90 days, in violation of New York State Corrections Law. An investigation by the Town Police, in conjunction with the Dutchess County Office of Probation and the City of Newburgh Police Department, revealed that Rodriguez has been residing at 45 Spackenkill Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie without reporting such. His last registered address was in the City of Newburgh.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services designates an offender with a Level-3 status when it has been determined that the person poses a “high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists”. Rodriguez was previously convicted for failing to register as a sex offender in 2002. He was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail, and is scheduled to reappear on March 6, 2017.

February 6, 2017 – Citizens Bank, Attempted Bank Robbery

On February 6, 2017 at approximately 12:27 p.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to an attempted bank robbery at the Citizens Bank, 32 Vassar Road in the town. No weapon was threatened or displayed during the incident and the suspect was last seen leaving the bank on foot. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 70 years of age; 5’8” and slim; wearing glasses and a plaid shirt with a dark zip up jacket and a baseball cap with a logo similar to the Houston Astros star. The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed someone in the area fitting this description is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Detective Division at 845-485-3670.

January 24, 2017 – TEG Bank Robbery – Arrest

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department announces the arrest of 37 year-old Aldeimian S. Woolcock, a City of Poughkeepsie resident, for First Degree Robbery (B-Felony). Woolcock was arrested following an investigation into two robberies, the first on December 22, 2016 at a TEG Federal Credit Union in the Town of Poughkeepsie and the second on January 5, 2017 at a Chase Bank in the Town of Newburgh.

Woolcock was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail for the crime that occurred in the Town of Poughkeepsie. He is scheduled to reappear on January 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Additional charges are pending in the Town of Newburgh.

The arrest was the result of a multi-agency investigation that included the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of Newburgh Police Department, F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force, and the New York State Police.

January 11, 2017 – New Stop Signs – Collegeview Avenue

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department advises motorists of two new stop signs that will be installed on Collegeview Avenue, at the intersection of Fairmont Avenue, on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The new signs will require motorists to stop when travelling eastbound and westbound on Collegeview Avenue at the intersection of Fairmont Avenue.

January 10, 2017 – Police Department to Host Citizen Police Academy

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is hosting a Citizen Police Academy. The ten-week program will run from March 14, 2017 through May 16, 2017 and will meet each Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Police Department employees will offer attendees insight into how police officers perform their duties and serve the community. The purpose of this program is to allow attendees to become familiar with their Police Department through classroom instruction and practical experience. It is the Police Department’s intent to share with participants “who we are and what we do”, in an effort to enhance police-community relations.
The Citizens Police Academy will be held at the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Training Room located at the 19 Tucker Drive, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603
The Citizen Police Academy is open to Town of Poughkeepsie residents and persons owning a business in the Town. Class size is limited and there is no cost to attend the program. Eligible applicants will be subject to a background investigation before consideration for the program and participants will be selected based upon a successful background investigation. Attendees are required to sign a Background/Photo Release, Liability Waiver and Medical Release.
Interested persons may obtain an application by sending a request to: training@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov; or by visiting www.townofpoughkeepsie.com or www.townpolice.net. Completed applications must be submitted on or before Friday, February 24, 2017. Complete instructions are included in the application packet.

January 4, 2017 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit reports the investigation of a fatal two-car motor vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 1:50 p.m. on January 3, 2017. The accident occurred on State Route 44 at Tamarack Hill Drive. A 2006 Volkswagen GTI, operated by 22 year-old Andrew V. Davis from Poughkeepsie, NY, was travelling westbound on State Route 44. A 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, operated by a 68 year-old male from Millbrook, NY, was travelling eastbound on State Route 44; with a 68 year-old female passenger also from Millbrook, NY.

A preliminary investigation revealed the operator of the Volkswagen lost control of the vehicle, causing it to cross over the double yellow line, into the oncoming lane and strike the Nissan. The operator of the Volkswagen was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The operator and passenger of the Nissan were transported to Vassar Brothers Hospital, where they were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A section of Route 44 was closed for nearly 6 hours during the accident reconstruction. The police department was assisted by the Arlington Fire District and Mobil Life Ambulance. Anyone that may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 845-485-3680.

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