Stony Point PD say they have cracked the biggest burglary and larceny case in the town in years, arresting 27-year-old Christopher J. Landes, age 27, of 40 Sengstacken Dr., Stony Point, for allegedly going on a two-year string of over 60 home and car break-in and thefts. Police ask anyone who suspects they may have been a victim of a burglary in that time to contact Lt. Keith Williams at 845-786-2422.
Landes is charged officially with four counts of burglary in the second degree, one count of burglary in the third degree, one count of grand larceny in the third degree, , once count of criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree, three counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, one count of criminal possession of a firearm in the fourth degree, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and two counts of petit larceny.
The defendant was arrested following an investigation by the Stony Point Police Detective Bureau into several burglaries and larcenies in the Town of Stony Point. Lt. William said the investigation revealed that, over the course of two years, Landes had committed approxiamtely 60 burglaries, entering vehicles, sheds and four residences, one of which was occupied, during this crime spree.
Asked how they cracked such a widespread array of criminal occurences, Williams credited “Good, old-fashioned police work.” He continued, “We linked him to one stolen item, caught him in possession of several other items. Then our Detectives put the rest together.”
Police said the defendant “pawned” much of the stolen property, some of which was recovered. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. The Stony Point Police has also recovered several items that have yet to be linked with a victim. The defendant was arrested, processed and arraigned in Stony Point Justice Court. He was remanded to the Rockland County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. They urge the community to call if they suspect Landes may have struck their home.
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