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Croton Police Blotter - Week of December 12th

December 20, 2006

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December 12

10:15 AM: There was a report from a resident of Farrington Road that sometime overnight while his car was parked in his driveway his car was “egged.” The matter is under investigation.

December 13

7:28 AM: There was a report of an injured raccoon on Albany Post Road. Patrol responded to the scene, destroyed the animal and subsequently notified Croton DPW to collect the remains.

12:48 PM: There was a report from a resident of Benedict Boulevard that sometime overnight someone let the air out of the tires on her car while it was parked in her driveway. The matter is under investigation.

December 14

6:05 AM: Officer on patrol stopped a vehicle on Route 129 for vehicle and traffic violations. Officer was issued summonses for vehicle and traffic and also driving without a license. The car was towed from the scene; the driver was brought to Police HQ and later released to a friend. The man, a 30-year-old male of Croton-on-Hudson is due in Village Court on December 20, 2006 at 9:30 AM.

8:48 AM: Croton Recreation Department reported additional applications of spray paint and marker graffiti to the walls of the Picture Tunnel and surrounding signs in the area of Senasqua Park. The matter is under investigation.

10:03 AM: Croton Recreation Department reported that one of the small village-owned Christmas trees on Grand Street was stolen sometime overnight. The matter is under investigation.

10:04 PM: County Fire Control reported an activated fire alarm at the Danish Home for the Aged on Quaker Bridge Road. Croton FD responded to the scene, evacuated the building and extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported.

10:07 PM: Officer on Patrol stopped a vehicle on Route 9 North for vehicle and traffic violations. Upon further investigation, officer arrested the drive a 54-year-old male from Cortlandt Manor with DWI and other traffic violations. The car was towed from the scene, the driver was brought to Police HQ and later released to a friend and is due in Village Court on December 20, 2006 at 9:30 AM.

December 15

10:11 AM: Officer on patrol reported that graffiti had been applied to the police call box on Croton Point Avenue. The matter is under investigation.

12:09 PM: There was a report from a resident of Levittown, New York that there was unauthorized use of his ATM card a bank in Croton-on-Hudson. The matter is under investigation.

December 16

8:38 PM: Officer on Patrol stopped a vehicle on Route 9 North for vehicle and traffic violations. Upon further investigation, officer discovered that the car had stolen licensed plates from Norwalk Connecticut. Each of the three occupants is from Peekskill, New York. The driver, a 25-year-old male was charged with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Vehicle and Traffic Violations and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th Degree. The passengers, aged 22 and 31-years-old were also charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th Degree. The car was towed from the scene, the men were brought to Police HQ and later released to a friend after posting $400.00 bail each and are due in Village Court on December 20, 2006 at 9:30 AM.

December 18

8:19 AM: County Fire Control reported an activated fire alarm at a residence of BrambleBush Road. Croton FD responded to the scene and determined that an oven fire was the cause of the alarm.

9:10 AM: Croton Recreation Department reported two sets of Holiday light on Old Post Road South street lights were stolen sometime over the weekend. The matter is under investigation.

On January 5, 2007 7:51 AM, Irritated said:

Really? Are you serious?

In the 30+ years I have resided in Croton I have only needed the Police Department’s services but twice. The first time was when someone hit my car in the Grand Union lot, the other when someone slashed my tires. The first incident mentioned got me a prompt response during the daytime. The other, the rude and snobbish Officer that took my complaint told me, in so many words, “it was no surprise.”

As someone who until recently worked until after midnight, I can tell you that witnessing one of those 50’s era police cruisers in the midnight hours is not an easy task. They seem to spend an awful lot of time patrolling the STATE HIGHWAY in what seems like a never-ending competition with the Trooper Patrol.

I agree that those crimes occurring are to be “sly,” but if there was a constant, or even a more-visible presence of our “Finest” then perhaps these misdeeds would be reduced.

On January 2, 2007 12:45 PM, weewill said:

To Irritated -

Perhaps you wouldn’t be so “irritated” if you needed the police in the middle of the night or at any time of the day or night! They are awake and alert and there for us within minutes by a simple phone call. Anyone who had even a scare or suspicion of a break-in receives immediate professional and caring response within minutes.

By its very nature break-ins and acts of vandalism are committed on the sly and with the deliberate attempt to conceal the cowardly acts. Just reading about the offenses on the blog demonstrates that our officers in blue are awake and alert with or without coffee from Exxon.

Because you don’t witness their presence doesn’t mean they’re not there. You can be sure that more offenders are caught and brought before the court than not.

On December 31, 2006 8:06 AM, Irritated said:

All these instances of vandalism, theft, and burglaries lately has me irritated and concerned.

I applaud the efforts of the Croton Police and their diligent efforts patrolling Route 9. Here’s what irks me.

Route 9 is a STATE HIGHWAY. Why don’t the State Police handle the Highway and leave the Croton Police available to patrol the Village streets, especially the Harmon area which has been the victim of several break-ins and vandalisms?!

Another thought, I have witnessed and others have said the same thing to me, the lack of Police presence during overnight hours. Perhaps more frequent trips to Exxon for coffee will keep our Cops awake to do their jobs?!

Happy New Year from “Irritated” and family.



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