Sheriff: Chatham man stole, not one but two, cars

CHATHAM—A Chatham man was arrested for stealing two vehicles in a week, the latest time was in the Town of Chatham.

The arrest took place July 22 at 5:16 p.m., according to a press release from Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Deputies and Greenport Police on patrol in Greenport came into contact with Trevor J. Brodowski, 42, of Chatham.

During the encounter with Mr. Brodowski, it was determined that he was allegedly in possession of a vehicle that he had stolen earlier in the day from Crellin Park in Chatham.

The owner of the vehicle, a 2001 Honda, was at the park and was unaware that his vehicle was stolen until deputies located him and told him that his vehicle was found in Greenport.

Mr. Brodowski was charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony; second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor, and unlicensed driver, a traffic infraction.

Pursuant to New York State Law, Mr. Brodowski was issued appearance tickets, directing him to appear in Chatham Town Court at a later date.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Deputy Ryen Boehme and Investigator Kris Bauhoff. Greenport Police also provided assistance during the investigation.

Mr. Brodowski was previously arrested July 20 at 4:30 p.m. for stealing a car in the Village of Chatham.

Columbia County 911 dispatched deputies to the village for a report of a man attempting to gain entry into several parked vehicles. Later identified as Mr. Brodowski, the man reportedly gained entry to one vehicle, a 2018 Mercedes Benz, which had the keys in it, and he allegedly took off with it. Sheriff’s deputies quickly converged on the area, and spotted the stolen vehicle traveling south on State Route 66 in Ghent. After he initially failed to pull over, deputies were subsequently able to successfully stop the vehicle, and took Mr. Brodowski, the sole occupant, into custody.

He was charged with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony; third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony; third degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor; second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class U misdemeanor, and unlicensed driver, a traffic infraction.

He was arraigned before Justice James Borgia-Forster in Chatham Town Court, and was released on his own recognizance. He was due to reappear in court at a later date.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Sergeant Heath Benansky, Deputies Ryen Boehme and Daniel Keyser.

Sheriff Bartlett praised the police work by responding deputies, who were able to quickly locate this stolen vehicle, and arrest the person responsible for stealing it.

The sheriff reminds people to lock their vehicles, do not leave valuables in their vehicles, and to take their key or fob with them when they leave their vehicle.


City Police say they caught a burglar in the midst of a daytime break-in, Wednesday, July 21.

On that day at 9:53 a.m., Columbia County 911 transferred an emergency call to Hudson Police in which the caller reported that man had broken a window at a residence on Robinson Street, gained entry and was still inside the building at the time of the call.

Patrols and detectives immediately went to the address and apprehended Rayon A. White, 31, of Hudson still inside the house. Owners of the home estimated $400 worth of damage was done to the property.

Mr. White was charged with third degree burglary, a class D felony and third degree criminal mischief, a class E felony.

He was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge John Connor. He was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to return to court July 29.

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Gardner retires after 31 years

Sheriff Bartlett (l), is pictured with Captain Brian Gardner upon the captain’s retirement. Photo contributed

GREENPORT—Sheriff’s Office Corrections Captain Brian Gardner retired from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office July 12 after 31 years of service.

Captain Gardner began his career at the Sheriff’s Office February 5, 1990 as a full-time correction officer. He gradually moved through the ranks, becoming a corporal in 1997, a sergeant in 2002 and lieutenant in 2016.

Sheriff David Bartlett promoted him to corrections captain, June 5, 2018. Captain Gardner was responsible for all aspects of the correctional facility. During his 31 years of service, Captain Gardner was the union president of Council 82, Local #3828, for 24 years. He was dedicated to providing assistance and support to his union family as president.

“I would like to congratulate Captain Gardner on his retirement and wish him well. He’s been a great captain in my administration and an even better friend, I will miss him,” the sheriff said in a press release.

Hoffman takes top honors at academy

Sheriff Bartlett (r), congratulates Correction Officer Hoffman on her top honors. Photo contributed

GREENPORT—Columbia County Correction Officer Alexandria Hoffman received the Top Academic award after completing the Corrections Academy, held at the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

The New York State Commission of Correction requires that all correction officers must complete a seven-week Basic Academy. This academy covers a wide variety of topics and subjects, ranging from Criminal Procedure Law to mental health. Correction Officer Hoffman consistently scored in the top percentile on all exams and assignments and was awarded the Top Academic Award from the Empire State Law Enforcement Training Network.

Sheriff David P. Bartlett stated in a press release that he “was very proud of Correction Officer Hoffman’s accomplishment. She embodies the professionalism and dedication that make up the core values of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.”

Correction Officer Hoffman was hired as a part-time correction officer in July 2019 and became full-time in February 2020. “This academy was unlike any previous due to the ongoing pandemic and even a short break due to a positive case did not deter Correction Officer Hoffman from nabbing the top spot in her class,” the release said.

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