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Hunter man admits to robbing two Ulster County banks

Collin Lambert, a 49-year-old from Hunter, pled guilty in Ulster County Court on Tuesday, September 9 to robbing banks in New Paltz and Saugerties in 2013, according to a press release from Holley Carnright, the Ulster County District Attorney. 

Left: Collin Lambert. Photo via the Ulster County DA's office. 

Lambert admitted to robbing Key Bank on Market Street in Saugerties on January 11, 2013, and to robbing Chase Bank on Plattekill Avenue in New Paltz on April 2, 2013.

Lambert robbed both banks by displaying a note saying that he had a gun, according to an article in the Saugerties Times last year.   Read more

Kingston man arrested on assault, robbery and child endangerment charges

A Kingston man was arrested Monday on robbery, assault and child endangerment charges after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and stole her car, according to a New York State Police press release.

Police arrested Charles M. Burgher, 23 of Kingston after an investigation into a domestic dispute in the Town of Esopus.

During the course of the dispute, which played out in front of children, Burgher allegedly assaulted a woman police said he had a relationship with. The woman sustained minor injuries, according to a state police spokesperson.

Burgher forcibly took a set of car keys from the woman during the dispute and fled the area in her car, police said.

State police located Burgher and the car about two miles away from the scene.

Burgher was charged with robbery in the second degree, assault in the third degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Read more

Fugitive arrested for attempted robbery in Gardiner

A Pennsylvania man who allegedly fled the scene of a home invasion robbery in Gardiner three months ago has been arrested and will face felony charges, police say. 

On April 3, 2014, two men broke into a home in Gardiner, and fled before police could arrive, according to a statement from the New York State Police. One suspect, 39-year-old Rasheem Lewis, was soon found at his home in Chester, NY and charged with second-degree attempted robbery, a felony. The other suspect was identified, but police did not locate him at the time, or release his name.

On Friday, police announced tha the second suspect had been arrested in Pennsylvania on a warrant: 32-year-old Andrew Jones of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Federal marshals assisted in Jones' arrest.

Jones was charged with second-degree attempted robbery and second-degree assault, both felonies. Police say Jones injured a resident of the Gardiner home during the April robbery.   Read more

East Meredith man arrested for string of robberies

A 23-year-old East Meredith man who was arrested for allegedly trying to rob an auto scrap shop in Davenport has been charged with committing several robberies in Oneonta as well. 

On Saturday, April 26, state police responded to a report of a robbery at Otsego Auto Crushers, at 6071 Route 23 in Davenport. An investigation led to the arrest of 23-year-old Johnathan Lynn of East Meredith, who was charged with third-degree attempted robbery and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Lynn was arraigned in Davenport town court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail. 

Upon further investigation, police also charged Lynn with committing two recent robberies of Oneonta stores: one at the Convenience Express on April 19, and one at Arby's on April 24. Charges on two counts of second-degree robbery against Lynn are pending in Oneonta town court.  Read more

More charges filed against Ellenville paramedic accused of stealing from patients

More charges have been filed against a paramedic with the Ellenville Rescue Squad who was jailed last fall on charges that he stole from his patients.

In October, 48-year-old German Lobaton was arrested after a police investigation into a series of burglaries at houses around Ulster County. Police say Loboton would be called to a house, transport the patient to the hospital, and go back to rob the house of jewelry, guns, cash or electronics, the Times Herald-Record reported in October.

In January, Lobaton was indicted by an Ulster County grand jury on felony charges of burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and weapons charges, along with several lesser misdemeanor charges.   Read more

Mount Tremper man arrested for armed bank robbery in Boiceville

A Mt. Tremper man was arrested for Wednesday's robbery of the Community Bank branch on Route 28 in Boiceville, Ulster County police announced today

In a news release, Ulster County sheriff's deputies said that 54-year-old Nicholas Liakis Jr. was arrested Wednesday at a house at 5455 Route 212 in Mount Tremper, not far from the scene of the crime, after a car seen leaving the bank was spotted outside the house. 

The bank was robbed just before noon on Wednesday by a man armed with a handgun. Five employees and one customer were in the building at the time. No one was injured in the robbery.  Read more

Boiceville bank robbed

The Boiceville branch of Community Bank, at 4141 Route 28, was robbed on Wednesday morning, according to a report from the Daily Freeman

The bank -- formerly a branch of the Wilber National Bank, a company that was acquired by Community Bank in 2010 -- is across the street from the Onteora Middle and High School, and the Bennett Elementary School. As of around 12:15 p.m., the buildings were on lockout, along with the Phoenicia Elementary School.

During a lockout, school continues inside the building as usual, but all doors are locked, and no one is allowed to enter the school building until authorities give an "all clear" signal to the school.  Read more

Devil-mask-wearing church burglar does $18,000 in damage to steal $200

You can't make this stuff up: Police say two men, one wearing a devil mask, robbed a Mormon church in the Schoharie County town of Esperance last month, damaging the church to the tune of $18,000 in the process. 

On Monday, state police announced the recent felony burglary arrests of 26-year-old Justin Pethick and 18-year-old Roger Graham, both from the Esperance hamlet of Central Bridge. Police say that on Jan. 27, the pair broke into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Central Bridge, and proceeded to damage doors, cabinets and locking mechanisms while looking for things to steal. Pethick was wearing a devil mask to conceal his identity, police said. 

The alleged burglars didn't find much for their trouble, police said: $160 and two backpacks were stolen from Boy Scout Troop 46, which keeps a storage room at the church, and $40 was taken from the church's Family History Center.   Read more

Alleged Delhi Express Mart burglar flees -- but not far

A Hobart man who allegedly robbed the Express Mart convenience store in Delhi in the wee hours of Friday morning didn't get too far from the scene of the crime before his arrest. 

At 4:12 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, a man stole cash from the register at the Express Mart, at the corner of Kingston and Main Streets in the village, and then fled the scene in a vehicle. He was unarmed, police said.

"He went to purchase an item. When [the cashier] opened the register, he pushed her out of the way, took the cash and ran off," said Delhi Village Police Chief Michael Mills. 

As Delhi police were responding to a 911 call, state troopers from the Margaretville station heard the incident over the radio and began patrolling for the suspect's vehicle. At 4:36 a.m., the troopers stopped a vehicle traveling on County Road 18 in the town of Stamford, and arrested the driver: 41-year-old Jamel Wilson of Hobart.

The proceeds from the burglary were in the vehicle. Police say Wilson was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  Read more

Three Ulster County men charged with gunpoint robbery at motel

Three young Ulster County men have been accused of committing an armed robbery at a motel in Dutchess County last week, police announced today.

On Friday, Jan. 17, state police responded to a reported robbery at the Pine Grove Motel in Beekman, in which three men entered a room at the motel and robbed a victim at gunpoint. Arrested after an investigation by state troopers in Poughkeepsie and Highland were two Wallkill men -- 20-year-old Andrew Hecht and 18-year-old Matthew Mackson -- and 18-year-old Nicholas Vanorden of Plattekill. 

Police recovered several stolen items from the trio: a wallet, a cell phone and a camera. 

All three men have been charged with first-degree robbery, a felony. They were arraigned in Beekman town court before Justice Robert Ferris, and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail, to return to court on Thursday, Jan. 23. 


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