Sheriff Says Fired Man Robbed Former Employer

A Mahopac man faces burglary charges in connection with a breaking-in at the Putnam Valley restaurant from which he had been fired, County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announced. 

Sheriff’s Deputies responded at 9:20 P.M. April 22 to an automatic intrusion alarm at the Char Steak House on Bryant Pond Road

They found that forced entry had been made through a rear door, searched the restaurant and determined the intruder or intruders had fled. 

Interviewing the restaurant owner, Deputies Peter Vigilio and Brian Aisenstat identified a person of interest, a 29-year-old whose employment had been recently terminated.

His description was broadcasted to area patrols and, minutes later, a Town of Carmel Police officer spotted a man fitting that description walking along Secor Road. Carmel officers and sheriff’s deputies located him near his home. Proceeds from the burglary, consisting of sea food items and liquor, were recovered, police .

He was arrested by Deputies Vigilio and Aisenstat and charged with burglary in the third degree, a felony. Sheriff’s Investigators Jeffrey Devolve and James Bambino processed the restaurant crime scene.

He was arraigned before Putnam Valley Town Justice Gina Capone, who ordered him held at the Putnam County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He could face up to seven years in prison.

Further investigation revealed that he was wanted by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officials on an outstanding administrative warrant of removal from the United States. 

In accordance with standard operating procedures of the Sheriff’s Office, corrections officials notified ICE agents, who lodged an immigration detention order with the jail. Upon his release from jail on the burglary charge, he will be turned over to ICE agents for immigration proceedings.


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