A loaded .40 caliber handgun stolen from a member of the Putnam County Sheriff's department was hidden inside the Chevrolet Blazer three suspected burglars were driving when Harrison Police arrested them Wednesday, Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini said.
A Harrison police officer shot one of the suspects, Daniel Dibiase, 55, of Poughquag, N.Y. while making the arrests. The circumstances surrounding the shooting have not been disclosed as police continue their investigation.
The two other suspects, Carmine Stanzione (a.k.a. Paul Dibiase), 57, of Poughquag and Jason Foskey, 34, of Stormville, were arraigned in Harrison Court Thursday and remanded to Westchester County Jail.
Marraccini also said the U.S. District Attorney's Office has filed a federal indictment in the case. Stanzione and Foskey were due in Harrison Court Tuesday, but will now appear in front of a federal judge instead, Marraccini said.
"That goes to show you the significance of their criminal activity," Marraccini said.
Police found the handgun inside a bag that police believe was used during an attempted burglary on Oct. 11 at 7 Rockledge Rd. in Harrison, Marraccini said. Police also found gloves, a ski mask, two BB guns and other burglar's tools used during the burglary, Marraccini said.
"It's a stolen handgun that they intended to use during the commission of their crimes," Marraccini said.
The loaded weapon was reported stolen in Dutchess County, near the suspects' homes. Marraccini said the gun was stolen from a member of the Putnam County Sheriff's department.
Police found a second .40 caliber handgun and $55,000 cash in Foskey's home while executing a search warrant Wednesday night, according to court records. Marraccini said the weapon found in Foskey's home was also possessed illegally.
Dibiase, Stanzione and Foskey are also accused of stealing more than $500,000 from a home at 7 Brook View Lane during a Sept. 3 burglary. All three men are charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree attempted burglary, felonies. Additional charges are likely.
Police had followed the three men for an extended period of time before they returned to Harrison Wednesday, Marraccini said. At about 6:40 p.m. that night, police arrested Foskey, Stanzione and Dibiase following a traffic stop near Interstate 287 exit 10 in Harrison. Police confirmed an officer shot twice at Dibiase—hitting him once—while making an arrest. The officer's name has not been released.
Westchester County Police are investigating the shooting, Marraccini said.
"During any type of incident like this, personally, my feeling is to call in county police to oversee it and review it," Marraccini said.
Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Steven Vanderveldon said all three men could face additional charges out of New Canaan, CT, and Bedford. Vanderveldon also said the three could be connected to other similar crimes across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.