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Cops: Putnam Man Faces Charges After Family Reports Stolen Car

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

Officials have arrested a 23-year-old Mahopac man in connection with a family member's report of a stolen vehicle and the theft of several of the complainant's possessions.

Deputy Michael Sutherland with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office responded to the Astor Drive residence around 3 p.m. Dec. 28 and "determined that James Kaufman, 23, of that address had taken a family member’s vehicle without permission."

"The deputy further determined that Mr. Kaufman had stolen items of property from the family member," police said in a statement released this week.

Following an investigation, Sutherland located Kaufman and arrested him on two counts of petit larceny and one of third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors.

At the time of the arrest, the defendant is alleged to have been in possession of a hypodermic needle, for which authorities lodged a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Officials processed Kaufman at the Putnam County Correctional Facility in Carmel, where he awaited arraignment. 

Not as clever as I think January 21, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Sometimes it is difficult to show tough love and stop enabeling when our family members have addictions and begin to steal from their own homes. Perhaps this is the begining of the path to saving the young man's life. There have been too many drug related deaths in this area. (Unless the hypodermic was for diabetes).
Not as clever as I think January 21, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Further: By not taking immediate action for your loved one, even when your family member is stealing to support the drug habit or committing other crimes, you are enabling your loved one to continue destructive habits. Ignoring the situation will not help. Your loved one’s addiction will get worse over time, as addiction is a progressive illness. If you do not take steps to address addiction in family members now, it could result in dire consequences such as your family member taking his or her life or damaging the life of someone else. You can stop addiction, violence and theft related to drug use by calling the authorities. This will result in the following: •Police have a lot of experience dealing with addiction, and they know how to step in quickly especially when family violence is a factor •Judicial systems will treat your addicted loved one’s case with the utmost seriousness, even if they were just stealing from you or another family member •Your loved one may face jail time, court-ordered rehab, community service or a combination of these You may feel guilty for calling in the authorities to help you deal with your addicted loved one. However remember that when you are enabling someone and making excuses for his or her behavior, you are not helping a family member with addiction. You are allowing a much easier route towards self-destructive and addictive behavior. You can help by finding a family friendy rehab.

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