A fugitive in Omaha, he faces felony charges here

CHATHAM–Robert Christopher Reilly, 46, of Hudson was charged with felony third degree grand larceny by Chatham Police, November 15 at 5:40 p.m.

On February 26, 2010, police went to a private residence in the village after the homeowner discovered that Tiffany silverware, valued at $10,000, had been stolen from her residence.

Local antique and coin dealers were notified about the theft and were supplied with a description of the stolen silverware.

Local residents and business people were interviewed. Police tracked and recovered $8,000 worth of the stolen silverware at a coin shop in the Albany area.

Police say they determined that Mr. Reilly, who was hired to perform carpentry work at the residence, allegedly stole the silverware and

sold it to the coin shop in Albany.

A warrant was issued for Mr. Reilly’s arrest, but police searched for him without success and found that he fled the area. A state parole warrant was also issued for his arrest because he was on parole.

In March, of this year, police were notified that Mr. Reilly was in custody at the Douglas County Correctional Facility, Omaha, Nebraska on an unrelated burglary charge.

He was returned to the Columbia County Jail by state parole authorities to answer the parole and grand larceny warrants.

He was arraigned before Chatham Village Court Justice Mark Portin and jailed without bail, pending a preliminary hearing on the charges.

*Chatham Police were called to the scene of a personal injury auto accident on Washington Avenue in the village, November 8 at 8:41 p.m.

Police report that a 15-year-old Chatham girl intentionally jumped from her mother’s moving vehicle while they were traveling north on Washington Avenue. The girl struck her head on the pavement and took off running down the street and out of sight. Prior to jumping out of the vehicle, the girl argued with her mother about personal issues and made verbal threats that she would hurt herself, police said. The Chatham Rescue Squad was called and staged in the area. Police began checking the village and surrounding areas for the youth without success. A missing person report was filed with the State Police Information System. Police searched for the girl for the next four hours, checking with her friends. Several sightings of the girl were reported and investigated. At 2 p.m., she was found hiding in the bathroom at the Stewart’s Store on Church Street. She was taken into custody under the state Mental Hygiene Law and the rescue squad took her to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation.


State Police investigators from Livingston arrested Sekhou Toure, 27, of New York City at the Columbia County Jail as he was being released on a similar charge, November 10. State Police charged Mr. Toure with first degree identity theft, a class D felony. The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation which began in August when more than 200 area residents had their credit card numbers stolen and used illegally. The multi-agency investigation began with a meeting at the Livingston barracks that included the U.S. Secret Service, Columbia County District Attorney Beth Cozzolino, Hudson Police, Greenport Police, Stockport Police and Sheriff’s deputies. With the assistance of area banks and credit unions it was determined that the Smokers Choice Cigarette store in Greenport at Fairview Plaza was a common denominator.

Smokers Choice information technology specialists were already looking into the problem and fully cooperated. State Police investigators from Troop F in Middletown took Smokers Choice computers from their headquarters in Orange County. They were subsequently examined by the State Police Computer Crimes specialists at the crime lab in Albany where it was determined they were compromised by hackers in Russia. Mr. Toure’s connection is still under investigation. In the course of the investigation, Walmart security provided information and video surveillance. On September 16, Walmart in Wallkill re-contacted Hudson Police Detectives informing them that suspects were presently in the store. Hudson Police contacted State Police and troopers from Middletown were able to arrest three suspects including Mr. Toure. Investigators have also spoken with New York City Police and the Queens DA’s office where over 100 people from different states and countries were arrested recently in a very similar identity theft scam. Investigators also received information and have been in contact with authorities in North Carolina.

Mr. Toure was arraigned in Greenport Town Court by Justice Robert Brenzel and was sent back to the county jail without bail. He is scheduled to reappear at a later date. The identity theft charge is connected to a victim from Germantown whose card number was used illegally at the Greenport Walmart to buy untraceable gift cards, August 20. The cardowner had previously made purchases at Smokers Choice.

*Tung Q. Le, 36, of Greenport was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputy Bernard Roberts, November 9.

Mr. Le was involved in a dispute during which he allegedly threw items around in a residence and allegedly used a purse to smack someone in front of a three-year-old child. Mr. Le was arraigned in Germantown Court and was released on his own recognizance.


Kenneth Douglas, 30, of Elizaville was charged with failure to obey a police officer, second degree aggravated unlicensed operation and other Vehicle and Traffic Law charges, November 10.

State Police at Livingston charged Mr. Douglas after he was seen going 82 mph in a 55 mph zone on State Route 82 and led a trooper on chase before pulling over in the parking lot of a local business. Mr. Douglas as found to be operating with a revoked and suspended license. He was released on tickets returnable in Taghkanic Court.


Arron Howley, 19, of Gallatin was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by Deputy Brian Molinski, November 3.

Mr. Howley allegedly damaged someone’s property by punching holes in the walls and ripping the gutters from a residence. He was arraigned in Gallatin Court and released on his own recognizance.


Katie Gallo, 19, of Stockport was charged with fourth degree criminal mischief by Deputy Marcus Hickey, November 6.

Ms. Gallo allegedly damaged someone’s property by breaking two plate glass windows during a dispute on Route 9. She was arraigned in Stockport Court and released on her own recognizance.


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

*Harvey Bishop, 25, of Cohoes was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Kinderhook, October 9. Troopers received a report that Mr. Bishop was intoxicated and driving. He was located in his vehicle at the Kinderhook Cumberland Farms and was found to allegedly be intoxicated.  He was released with tickets returnable in Kinderhook Town Court.

*Hallie Evans, 18, of Yorktown Heights was charged with operating a motor vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol, unlawful possession of marijuana, unsafe lane change and failure to keep right by Deputies Brendan Filli and Jason Garvey during a traffic stop on Route 23, Hillsdale, October 9 at 12:25 a.m. Ms. Evans will answer the charges in Hillsdale Court at a later date.

*Christopher F. Poulter, 26, of Greenport was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% and unsafe lane change by Deputies Jason Garvey and Brendan Filli, October 9 at 5:25 a.m. The arrest was made following an investigation of an automobile crash on State Route 66, south of the intersection with Tipple Road in Ghent.  Mr. Poulter was driving his 1993 Toyota south when he fell asleep. When the vehicle went off the road, Mr. Poulter overcorrected and the vehicle struck a small earth embankment, small trees and brush. Mr. Poulter was not hurt. He was issued tickets to appear in Ghent Court.

*Carrie Shirley, 21, of Lexington, KY, was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana by State Police at Livingston, October 11. Ms. Shirley was initially stopped for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway in Claverack. She was subsequently found to allegedly have hydrocodone and marijuana.  She was arraigned in Claverack Court, where she posted $750 dollars bail and was released.

*Annakeara Stinson, 24, of Great Barrington, MA was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, inadequate plate lamps and moving from lane unsafely by Deputies Brendan Filli and Kris Bauhoff during a traffic stop on Route 23 at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Greenport, October 12 at 2:39 a.m. She was released with tickets to a third party and will answer the charges in the Greenport Court.

*Arie Baker, 29, of Pittsfield, MA, was charged with aggravated driving while ability impaired under Leandra’s Law by State Police at Livingston, October 14. She was stopped for Vehicle and Traffic Law violations on State Route 22 in Hillsdale and was found to be under the influence of drugs with young children in the vehicle. She was arraigned in Hillsdale Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

*Pamela Meehan, 70, of Valatie was charged with driving while intoxicated by State Police at Kinderhook, October 19. Troopers were called to investigate a one-car accident on Merwin Road in Chatham. Once there they found that Ms. Meehan had driven off the roadway, struck a telephone pole and was allegedly intoxicated. She was released with tickets returnable in Chatham Court.

*Matthew Pottenburgh, 21, of Ghent was charged with first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony, driving while intoxicated, unregistered motor vehicle and parking on the highway by Deputy Louis Bray, October 21 at 10:14 p.m.

The deputy received a call from County 911 about an erratic operator.  He found the operator, Mr. Pottenburgh, and vehicle at the intersection of Fowler Lake Road and County Route 21. Arraigned in Kinderhook Town Court by Justice Lisa Mills, Mr. Pottenburgh was jailed in lieu of $1,000 cash bail. He was directed to return to court at a later date.

*Silas Amlaw, 31, of New Lebanon was charged with driving while intoxicated, violating his restricted use driver’s license and failure to dim headlights by Trooper Nicholas Lombardi, the night of October 22. Mr. Amlaw was pulled over on Route 20, New Lebanon after he failed to dim his headlights. He tested at a .13% blood alcohol concentration. He was issued tickets to appear in New Lebanon Town Court.

*Robert Streib, 28, of Red Hook was charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations by State Police at Livingston, October 29. Troopers tried to stop the Streib vehicle after he failed to signal a turn at State 9 and Buckwheat Bridge Road, Clermont. He allegedly refused to stop, then pulled into a private drive on Buckwheat Bridge Road and fled on foot. But troopers caught him. He was released with tickets returnable in Clermont Court.

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