Man arrested for multiple car wash burglaries

GREENPORT—Joseph W. Shook, 35, of Stockport faces charges stemming from numerous burglaries of the Cantele Car Wash on Fairview Avenue. He was arrested by State Police in Livingston, July 21.

Initially troopers were called to the Cantele Car Wash, April 22 for a report of two possible break-ins. Extensive investigation by both troopers and investigators found Mr. Shook allegedly burglarized the car wash on 10 occasions stealing more than $4,000 and damaged the vending machine and coin dispenser in the process.

He was subsequently arrested for 10 counts of third degree burglary, second degree criminal mischief and third degree grand larceny, all class D felonies.

He was arraigned before Town Justice Barry Sack in Greenport Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear July 25.

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DMV warns of new phishing scam about gas rebates

ALBANY—The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) warns consumers to beware of a new attempt to steal their personal information. The latest phishing scam involves sending people text messages which falsely claim New York State is offering $1,500 rebates as a result of high fuel prices.

Here is an example of the fake text messages being sent and the associated webpage. Image contributed

If someone clicks on the link provided, they are brought to a webpage that is designed to look like the DMV website and they are asked to submit personal information.

This is the latest in a series of text message phishing schemes that DMV warns New Yorkers to avoid. Phishing texts are fraudulent messages designed to obtain data or sensitive personal information to be used to commit identity theft or trick the recipient into installing malicious software onto a computer or mobile device.

“We want New Yorkers to be aware that these scams are out there, and we urge them to be vigilant if they receive any text message or email that seems suspicious,” DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder said in a press release. “DMV will not send you text messages asking for your personal information. If you aren’t sure if you received a phishing scam, you may contact us at .”

To help protect against phishing or smishing (SMS phishing) scams, the NYS Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) recommends the following precautions:

*Be cautious about all communications you receive, including those that purport to be from “trusted entities.” Be careful when clicking any links contained within those messages. If in doubt, do not click

*Do not send your personal information via email. Legitimate businesses will not ask users to send sensitive personal information through email

*Keep an eye out for telltale signs: poor spelling or grammar, the use of threats, or the URL does not match that of the legitimate site

*Be wary of how much information you post online. The less information you post, the less data you make available to a cybercriminal for use in developing a potential attack or scam.

DMV provides information on phishing scams on its website at Examples of the text messages can be found at

For additional information on phishing scams, as well as steps to mitigate a phishing attempt, visit the NYS Office of Information Technology Services Phishing Awareness resources page at

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