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. 

Modena gas station robbed at gunpoint

Ulster County police are looking for two people who robbed a Citgo gas station at gunpoint in the Plattekill hamlet of Modena late Sunday evening. 

The robbery occurred around 11 p.m. at 1975 Route 32, according to a news release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. One of the robbers showed a handgun, and the pair robbed a clerk of cash and property before escaping on foot across Route 32. No one was injured, police say. 

Police believe the robbery was carried out by a man and a woman, but had no further description of the two robbers. 

An investigation is underway. Police are urging anyone with information to call the county sheriff's office at 845-338-3640, email or contact the police via their Facebook page.

Ulster County sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by New York State Police troopers and the Plattekill Town Police.

Convenience stores in Davenport and Stamford robbed at knifepoint

Above: The Stamford Country Store on 2 Harper Street, which was robbed on Saturday by a masked man wielding a kitchen knife. Source: Google Street View. 

As if Halloween in the Catskills weren't scary enough: In the last few days, two Delaware County convenience stores were robbed at knifepoint.

The two robberies -- both committed by a man wielding a large kitchen knife, and wearing a blue knit balaclava that covered his face -- were similar enough that police believe they were committed by the same person. 

According to a news release from state police at Oneonta, the Stamford Country Store was robbed around 10pm on Saturday, October 26. The suspect brandished a large kitchen knife, demanded cash from the register, then fled on foot. Police say he was wearing a green or black jacket, work pants with zippers on the bottom, gray gloves and a blue knit hat with eye and mouth holes cut into it.   Read more

Three arrested in Delaware County for 2012 armed robbery

Photos courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

After a year-long investigation, Delaware County police have made three arrests in the case of a 2012 armed home invasion and robbery in the town of Tompkins. 

Arrested on Tuesday, on sealed grand jury indictment warrants, were three Delaware County residents: 27-year-old Andrew Dougherty of Delhi, 27-year-old Amanda Gahan of Walton, and 32-year-old Leon Grizzard of South Kortright, according to a statement from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. The three are accused of breaking into a Tompkins home in June of 2012, and robbing the residents at gunpoint of cash and drugs. All three face charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The first-degree burglary and robbery charges are both class B violent felony offenses. If convicted, the three could face up to 25 years in prison.   Read more

Police seek Kortright home invader

A masked man forced his way into a house on Stone Fort Road in Kortright in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, assaulted its elderly residents, and stole cash before fleeing on foot, police say.

According to a release from the New York State Police, the man broke into the house around 2am, when the occupants were asleep. Police say he assaulted the victims -- ages 80 and 81 -- by striking them with a long gun. 

State police are looking for information about any cars that were parked on State Route 23 or Stone Fort Road in the early morning on Thursday, April 25. Anyone with information about the case should contact the New York State Police Oneonta Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 607-432-3211.

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