Teens aren’t smiling after they’re allegedly caught on backyard camera

KINDERHOOK — A camera set up to catch the comings and goings of backyard birds also captured images of two youthful burglars, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

Two 17-year-olds, one from Valatie, the other from Niverville who were not identified by the sheriff, were arrested May 12 and 13 after an extensive, seven-month-long investigation.

The Valatie teen was charged with three counts of second degree burglary, a class C felony; one count of third degree grand larceny, a class D felony; and two counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

The Niverville teen was charged with one count of second degree burglary, one count of third degree grand larceny and one count of petit larceny. The charges stem from break-ins at three different homes in the Maple Lane area.

The Valatie teen allegedly forced his way into a home on Blossom Lane November 5, 2010 and stole property valued at about $500. On November 8, 2010, he allegedly broke into another home on Blossom Lane and again stole property valued at about $500.

On May 5, together the teens allegedly broke into a residence on Maple Lane and stole about $3,400 worth of property. But the Maple Lane homeowner had a video camera set up to record birds in the backyard. The camera also captured images of the two suspects as they were breaking into the home. The video was used to help identify both of the boys.

The Valatie teen was arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court before Justice Lisa Mills and was sent to the Columbia County jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or$40,000 bail bond. The Niverville teen was arraigned in Kinderhook Village Court before Justice David Dellehunt and was sent to jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. Both are due back court at a later date.

Senior Investigator Kevin Skype, Investigators Anthony Brahm, Mark Dunspaugh and Patrick Logue worked on the case.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office recommended $20,000/$40,000 bail/bond.

Livingston

Vincent LaPierre, 25, of Clermont was charged with second degree burglary by State Police at Livingston, May 19.

Mr. LaPierre, who police say had no accomplice, canine or otherwise, allegedly gained entry to a home on Deer Haven Road through a dog access door. While inside, he allegedly stole money and a gold watch, May 17.

He then sold the watch at a Poughkeepsie pawn shop, where it was recovered by State Police investigators. Mr. LaPierre was arraigned in Livingston Court before Justice Robert Q. Moore and was sent to jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bond. He is due back in court June 9.

Greenport

Justine Schlegel, 23, of East Chatham was charged fourth degree grand larceny and first degree falsifying business records, both felonies, by Greenport Police Sergeant Jerald Rowell, May 24 at 1 p.m.

Mr. Schlegel allegedly accessed Auto Zone accounts with active warranties left on them. He allegedly made changes to the account indicating that that the item purchased was returned, then kept the money, totaling $1,300, for himself. He was arraigned before Greenport Justice Francis Abitabile and sent to Columbia County Jail in Lieu of $3,000 cash bail or bond.

Drugs/alcohol

The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Aaron Daniels, 23, of Lincolndale was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and vehicle and traffic violations by State Police at Livingston May 1. Troopers went to investigate a hit and run auto accident on State Route 9, Clermont at 12:30 a.m. A short time later, they saw the vehicle involved on State Route 9 near State Route 82 in Livingston. They stopped the vehicle, interviewed Mr. Daniels, who was driving, and determined that he was intoxicated. He submitted to a chemical test resulting in a .23% blood alcohol content. Mr. Daniels was issued tickets and released to a family member.

*Aaron Tompkins, 32, of Wingdale was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by State Police at Kinderhook, May 2. Troopers were investigating a suspicious vehicle complaint when they stopped a vehicle operated by Mr. Tompkins in Stuyvesant. They found him to allegedly possess a crack pipe and cocaine. He was issued a ticket to appear in court.

*Jason Powell, 32, of Averill Park was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and speeding by Trooper John La Plante May 6. The trooper stopped Mr. Powell for speeding up Lebanon Mountain on Route 20, New Lebanon. The offense was a felony, because of a prior DWI conviction. Mr. Powell had a .15% blood alcohol content. He will appear in New Lebanon Court.

*Dennis Goodwin, 21, of Tivoli was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Livingston during a traffic stop on County Route 78 in Red Hook, May 7 at 2:45 a.m. Pulled over for failure to signal and equipment violations, Mr. Goodwin was unable to perform sobriety tests and was taken into custody. Mr. Goodwin provided a breath sample resulting in .09% blood alcohol content. During the traffic stop, a passenger in the vehicle, Emma Mead, 22, of Tivoli allegedly acted in a disorderly manner and was found to have a marijuana pipe. She was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana. Both were issued tickets returnable in Red Hook Court.

*Stephanie Hawkins, 21, of Nassau was charged with driving while intoxicated and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by Troopers John La Plante and Nicholas Lombardi during a traffic stop on Route 20, West Lebanon in the early morning hours of May 8. Troopers say they found Ms. Hawkins to be intoxicated and in possession of hydrocodone. She tested at a .11% blood alcohol content. A passenger, Michael Hotaling, 18, of East Greenbush was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor after he was seen drinking alcoholic beverages in the car. Both will answer the charges in New Lebanon Court.

*Mark Bienvenue, 45, of Stephentown was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to signal a turn by Trooper John La Plante, late on the night of May 7. Mr. Bienvenue was pulled over after he failed to use his turn signal at the intersection of Old Route 20 and State Route 22 in Lebanon Springs. He tested at a .08% blood alcohol content. He will answer the charges in New Lebanon Court.

*Michael Martell, 52, of Hudson was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and inadequate exhaust by Deputies Travis VanAlstyne and David Rose during a traffic stop on Main Street, Philmont, May 12 at 9:15 a.m. While interviewing Mr. Martell, deputies found that he had crack cocaine and marijuana. He will answer the charges in Philmont Court June 2.

*Esther Johnston, 50, of Newburgh was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol, unlawful possession of marijuana, driving left of pavement markings and failure to keep right by Deputies Brendan Filli and Jason Garvey during a traffic stop on State Route 9H, Kinderhook, May 12 at 11:23 p.m. Ms. Johnston was released with tickets directing her to appear in Kinderhook Town Court May 31.

*Curtis Rist, 50, of Craryville was charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding by State Police at Livingston, May 11. Mr. Rist was stopped for speeding on Churchtown Road, Taghkanic and was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released with tickets returnable in Taghkanic Court.

*Guy Winig, 57, of Hillsdale was charged with driving while intoxicated and a vehicle and traffic violation by State Police at Livingston during a traffic stop on Route 22, Copake, May 14 at 11 p.m. Troopers detected an odor of alcohol and found that Mr. Winig could not perform sobriety tests. He refused to submit to a chemical test. He was issued traffic tickets returnable in Copake Court.

*Edgar Cogax Xiloj, 25, of Stockport was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, operating without a driver’s license and dazzling headlights by Deputies Brendan Filli and Jason Garvey during a traffic stop on Fairview Avenue, Greenport for a vehicle and traffic law violation, May 16 at 1:27 a.m. Mr. Xiloj was released with tickets to a third party, to answer the charges in Greenport Court May 23.

*Gregory Clause, 22, of Stuyvesant Falls was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely by Sheriff’s Sergeant Donald Krapf and Deputy Jason Garvey, May 16 at 11:09 p.m. While on routine patrol, deputies found Mr. Clause after the vehicle he was driving crashed head-on into a tree along Route 9, north of the County Route 26A intersection in Stuyvesant. Mr. Clause told deputies he believed he fell asleep at the wheel. The Valatie Rescue Squad took the driver to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation. He was issued tickets to appear in Stuyvesant Court.

*David Hahne, 26, of Bearsville was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation, uninsured motor vehicle, inspection violation and unlawful possession of marijuana by Greenport Police Sergeant Jerald Rowell during a traffic stop on State Route 23, Greenport, May 24 at 8:25 a.m. He was issued a ticket to appear in Greenport Court June 6.

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