Troopers on Patrol
On October 7, 2016, Trooper David C. Meade, SP Philadelphia, received a call from Jefferson County 911 of a burglary that occurred at Burrville Saw Mill, located at 18181 Van Allen Road in the town of Watertown. Upon arrival, Trooper Meade observed an open storm window and a compressor below the window along with a footprint at the rear of the building. Once inside the building, the door to an office was observed to have sustained damage from forced entry and a pry bar was found in close proximity.
Shortly thereafter, the complainant advised Trooper Meade that a business check for $2,800 had been cashed an hour prior to the complaint being made. Bank surveillance determined that the suspect that cashed the check was the son of the complainant. Subsequently, Trooper Meade, along with the assistance of Trooper Andrew J. Thomas, SP Adams, located the suspect at a tattoo parlor and arrested him. During his interview, the suspect admitted to committing numerous burglaries and larcenies in the area. The suspect was subsequently charged with possession of a forged instrument, multiple counts of burglary and grand larceny. As a result of the outstanding investigative skills and determination of Trooper Meade and Trooper Thomas, multiple outstanding NYSP cases were closed.
On October 6, 2016, Trooper Daniel Kim was working an assigned 2-shift out of SP Middletown and patrolling Crystal Run Crossing in the town of Wallkill. At about 10:00PM, he observed a 2007 Nissan Altima in violation of NYS VTL and initiated a V&T stop on the vehicle.
Upon approaching the vehicle, Trooper Kim detected the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. The 20-year-old male operator was identified by his NYS driver’s license. The two male passengers, 20 and 21-years-old, were also identified. All three occupants resided in Brooklyn, NY, and didn’t appear to have any ties to Orange County. The three were asked to step out of the vehicle and a probable cause search was initiated.
During the search Trooper Kim discovered two plastic bags containing approximately 3 grams of marijuana, 2.5 grams of hashish oils, one digital scale, 95 small plastic bags for packaging narcotics, 24 forged credit cards, and one electronic skimming device. The operator admitted to being the owner of all of the found items.
The suspect was taken into custody and Investigator Frank S. Sun, SP Middletown, was advised of the arrest. The suspect was ultimately charged with Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd, Possession of a Skimmer Device 2nd, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd – Packaging Material, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd – Scales, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He was arraigned before the Town of Wallkill Court and remanded to Orange County Jail on $10,000 bail or $35,000 bond.
Trooper Kim looked beyond the ticket and in doing so made several drug arrests. He also prevented an unknown number of individuals from falling victim to identity theft and fraud.
On October 7, 2016, at approximately 10:06PM, Trooper Zackery T. Fitzpatrick, SP Greenville-Port Jervis, conducted a vehicle and traffic stop on a 1997 Nissan bearing FL registration on Interstate 84 westbound in the town of Wawayanda after observing said vehicle to be in violation of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. Upon interviewing the driver of the vehicle, Trooper Fitzpatrick detected the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the driver revealed that he possessed a loaded Bersa .380 pistol in his waistband. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 44 grams of powder cocaine, 15.9 grams of powder heroin, 6.3 grams of marijuana, and small amounts of other drugs and drug paraphernalia. Troopers Steven J. Missale, SP Montgomery, and Leanna M. Mercado, SP Greenville-Port Jervis, responded to the scene and assisted Trooper Fitzpatrick. The driver, a 31-year-old male from Newburgh, NY, was placed under arrest and transported to SP Middletown where he was charged with four counts of CPCS 3rd, CPW 2nd, Possession of Forged Instrument 1st, Tampering with Physical Evidence, four counts of CPCS 7th, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd, DWIA-Drugs, UPM, and Violation of Probation. He was arraigned at the Town of WaWayanda Court and subsequently remanded to Orange County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $50,000 bond.
Trooper Fitzpatraick was able to look beyond the ticket and remove a loaded weapon from an individual as well as various amounts of drugs. Trooper Fitzpatrick’s V&T stop underscores the potential dangers that Troopers encounter on a daily basis and he was able to maintain officer safety throughout.
To the members involved in these cases, congratulations on jobs well done. To them, and all our Troopers on Patrol, keep up the tradition.