Crime Blotter 8/10/17



On Sunday, July 30 Haverstraw PD received multiple complaints of larcenies from vehicles in the Riverglen Drive/Skyline Drive area in Thiells, NY. In each case, the suspect(s) broke a vehicle door window and removed belongings left visible on the front seat of the car. HPD would like to remind everyone to not leave valuables visible in your car. If anyone has information that can assist in the apprehension of these suspect(s), contact the Haverstraw Police Department at 845-354-1500. Anonymous tips can be emailed to TIPS@HAVERSTRAWPOLICE.ORG.



Summary of Ramapo PD’s activity for the week of July 30 through August 5:

963 calls, including 
66 arrests,
113 alarm activations, 
90 community policing reports, including 26 school related,
 17 domestic incidents,
 64 motor vehicle accidents (15 involving injuries), 
six fires, and 
60 medical emergencies, plus an additional 115 dispatched for other agencies.

Of the 66 arrests during the week, charges were filed for the following offenses: grand larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief, assault, circumventing and interlock device, aggravated harassment, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, trespass, leaving the scene of a MVA-personal injury, unlawful possession of marijuana, vehicle and traffic offenses and warrants.


On August 6 at about 8:45 p.m. the Town of Ramapo PD responded to a report of wires down on Old Nyack Turnpike west of Kennedy Drive in the Village of Chestnut Ridge. Responding officers arrived on the scene and found that a 2007 Chevrolet truck was overturned on its side with wires on top of it. Orange and Rockland Utilities responded and shut off power to these wires. The Spring Valley and South Spring Valley Fire Departments then extricated the driver from the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was Wojciech Niespodziewanski (male-age 34) of Spring Valley, NY. He was transported by Hatzolah Ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was treated and released to police custody. The accident investigation determined that the Chevy had been traveling eastbound on Old Nyack Turnpike when it struck a utility pole and overturned. As a result of this accident investigation, Mr. Niespodziewanski was arrested and charged with felony DWI.

He is currently being arraigned in the Chestnut Ridge Justice Court. As a result of this accident, Old Nyack Turnpike was closed for several hours in the area of the accident. Many homes in the area experienced a power outage as a result as well. However, the roadway was reopened and power restored to the affected homes.

Mr. Niespodziewanski was arraigned and released after posting $5,000 bail.


The afternoon of August 4, Ramapo PD responded to a home in the Monsey area to assist Rockland County Probation Officers in conducting a probation check of a male subject. The male was found to be in possession of heroin, cocaine and hypodermic syringes. The 21-year-old male was arrested and charged with criminal possession of controlled substance in the 5th and 7th degree. He was also charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. He is now being held in the Rockland County Jail and will appear in Ramapo Court later this month.


On the evening of August 3, Ramapo officers responded to a suspicious incident at a residence in the Village of Montebello. A female was home with her granddaughter, when a solicitor came to her door asking to shine the wheels on her car for $20. After the work was done, the suspect entered the house for his payment, and the homeowner reports leaving him alone for a brief moment. After he was paid and left the area, the victim noticed that two of three wedding rings were missing from a table in her front foyer.

Assisted by the complainant, Ramapo PD began their investigation by determining the full name of the suspect. During this investigation, the suspect was contacted, and admitted guilt to the officers. The jewelry was recovered. A 24-year-old Tallman, NY man was arrested by RPD in connection with this crime. He was processed for grand larceny in the 4th degree, a Class E felony. The suspect is due to appear in Montebello Court later this month to answer the charge.


At about 7 p.m. the evening of August 2, two Ramapo officers were conducting vehicle and traffic enforcement in the Village of Sloatsburg and stopped a BMW traveling northbound for an infraction. The officers noticed that their conversations with the two occupants were not only bizarre, but conflicted one another. Upon further investigation, the passenger was found to be in possession of over 70 pills consisting of Oxycodone, Hydrochlorothiazide, Lisinopril, and Oxycodone Hydrochloride. The 41-year-old passenger from Greenwood Lake was arrested and transported to the Ramapo PD headquarters for processing. He faces charges of ciminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (felony), in that he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug with intent to sell it.



Last weekend Suffern PD charged a 24-year-old Suffern man with DWI. An officer on patrol at 2:15 a.m. observed a vehicle on Washington Ave. at the intersection of Lafayette Ave. idling and not moving when the light at this location turned green. The officer then pulled behind this vehicle and when he approached the driver he observed him to be passed out behind the wheel. After several knocks on the window by the officer the driver woke up and was found to be intoxicated. He was placed under arrest and taken to police HQ where he was given a breathalyzer test with the results being above .08 percent. He was released pending a future court date in Suffern Justice Court.


Chief Osborne announced that Suffern PD made arrests this weekend, including a 55-year-old Suffern man who was charged on Saturday morning with felony criminal mischief. The man allegedly got into an argument with an employee inside of the Lafayette Ave. Dunkin Donuts and after the argument he “unwisely” decided to intentionally kick the front glass door of this business, shattering same.

Officers quickly arrived on the scene and placed the suspect, who was still at this location, under arrest. While at police HQ it was determined that the defendant had two prior felony convictions and due to this he was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail pending a future court date here in Suffern. Have a good, safe day my friends.

Police Say Man Resisted Arrest and Hid Following DWI Incident
On July 5, police were investigating an auto accident in Stony Point, with a report that the driver was leaving the scene of the accident. Police located the driver of the fleeing car, Molina-Rivas, in the rear seat of a different unregistered car parked at that address. He was apparently attempting to hide from police. He refused police orders to exit the vehicle he was hiding in and resisted officers who were attempting to take him into custody. He failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was arrested and processed at the station and released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for Stony Point Court.



On Sunday, August 6 at 1:41 a.m., the Orangetown Police Department arrested Jasmine A. Lockwood (23 year old female) of Haverstraw NY for Driving While Intoxicated. An officer observed Ms. Lockwood operating a 2001 Honda in an erratic manner on Route 304 in Pearl River. The officer stopped Ms. Lockwood and upon speaking with her, noticed a smell of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her mouth and noticed her to have bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. She consented to, and failed several field sobriety tests on the scene. She was arrested and transported to Orangetown Police Headquarters where she consented to a breathalyzer test which showed her to be over the legal limit of .08% BAC. She was processed and charged with: DWI (misdemeanor) and aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree (misdemeanor). Ms. Lockwood was released and is due back in Orangetown Court on September 5 to answer the charges.


Grand Larceny
The Clarkstown Police Department arrested Chad Weinstein, 33, of Spring Valley, NY on August 2 for alleged theft of construction tools from a work truck. The Clarkstown PD originally responded to a report of theft from a truck while parked in a parking lot on Squadron Blvd. in New City on June 22. The victim was working on a machine for a local business when the suspect approached the victim’s truck and stole several tools from the back of the truck. The Clarkstown Detective Bureau was able to obtain video evidence of the crime. The stolen tools were valued at $5,000.  Weinstein turned himself in to the detective investigating the case and was charged with grand larceny in the third degree (felony). Chad Weinstein was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court.


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