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Village Residents and Shopkeepers Reports Stolen Property, Shoplifting and Identity Theft

findmyphoneStolen: A Torrence Place woman reported her daughter's cell phone – a white iPhone 6 – was stolen from Scarsdale Middle School April 4. The girl left the phone in a zipped book bag in her locker while she was at lunch. When the girl returned to the locker to retrieve her book bag, the bag was unzipped, and the phone was missing. The "Find My iPhone" feature identified the phone's location at a street in the Bronx. The woman notified New York City police and drove to the location in an attempt to retrieve the phone. Upon arrival, the area was taped off as an active crime scene, and NYPD units were investigating. At that time, the woman reported the stolen phone to Scarsdale police.

An employee of LF Stores on Boniface Circle reported a teenage girl stole two shirts from the store April 7. One shirt was black, and the other was white. Together, they were valued at $258. The teenage suspect was described as white, approximately 5'6" tall, with a thin build and wearing a gray sweatshirt, leggings and sneakers.

On April 7, a Webster Road man reported his sister's computer's CPU was stolen from her house while he was staying there while she was away. The man told police he wanted to make a cup of tea at approximately 5:40 p.m. and realized the teapot was missing. He said he then decided to check her house to see if anything else was missing. That is when he realized the CPU was also missing. He said he last saw the CPU at 7 a.m. that morning before his sister left for the airport.

On April 8, the owner of La Dentelliere, on East Parkway, reported two wine glasses were stolen from her store. She said she saw a man place the glasses beneath his coat and walk out of the store. He was described as white, with blond curly hair, approximately 40-50 years old and approximately 5'10" tall. Police canvassed the area but did not see the suspect.

Identity theft
On April 4, a Lockwood Road man reported someone fraudulently attempted to purchase an Apple iPhone 7 with his credit card information March 6. The man received an email about the order and immediately cancelled it.

On April 4, a Sycamore Road man reported someone assumed his identity and stole $3,500 from his personal bank account at a Chase Bank branch in Oklahoma. A second attempt to withdraw $4,500 from another bank in Oklahoma was not successful because a bank representative called the man, and he was able to flag the attempt as fraud. The suspect was apprehended and taken into custody in Oklahoma.

On April 5, a Graham Road man reported his personal information was used to fraudulently open two credit cards with Chase Bank. The fraud was quickly discovered, and the accounts were closed.
On April 8, a Brite Avenue man reported receiving a Sprint bill under his name, for an account he never opened. The bill was past due, for an amount of $36.97. He notified Sprint, and the account was closed.

On April 8, a Foxhall Road caller reported three credit card accounts in his name were opened fraudulently. In total, the credit cards accumulated approximately $2,500 in charges. The man was working with the creditors to close the accounts.

Dead on arrival
An 85-year-old woman was found dead in her wheelchair at her home at The Scarsdale Ambassador April 9. According to nursing home staff, she had been wheeled to a public area outside the dining room before she became unresponsive. Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps medics pronounced her dead, and her family members were notified. Her name was not released.

Missing person
On April 5, the supervisor of a group home on Post Road called police to report that a resident left the house without her medication on April 4. She was concerned about the resident's wellbeing because she did not have her medication with her, although she followed proper protocol for leaving the house. The supervisor said she had spoken with a woman at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, in White Plains, who had seen the resident at that location on April 4. The resident told the woman she was unhappy with her life at the group home and allegedly "knew how to live on the street." Patrol contacted local police departments and hospitals, looking for the resident. They reached out to the resident's, associates and doctors. The resident's sister reported she had spoken with the resident a few days earlier. She said the resident told her she was unhappy with life at the group home and was taking all her money to be able to stay at a White Plains hotel. The resident allegedly said she would kill herself when the money ran out. The sister later contacted the group home and said the resident was with her at her New Rochelle house. New Rochelle police were notified and a detective arrived at the house. The resident was taken to Saint Vincent's hospital for evaluation.

On April 6, a Meadow Road resident reported suspicious behavior from a white teenage boy with dark hair, wearing a fluorescent green hoodie and tan shorts. The boy first emerged from the resident's backyard and walked to the front yard curb by the roadway. When the resident attempted to confront the boy, the boy took off running. Moments later, the same boy returned and appeared to be hiding against a tree near the roadway. The resident then observed the boy retrieve a small package from a gray compact car. Once again, the resident attempted to confront the boy, but the boy ran away. Patrol canvassed the area heavily for any suspicious activity with negative results. Patrol also canvassed the resident's backyard for any signs of criminality with negative results.

A landscaper was seen removing furniture from a Ferncliff Road house, and a neighbor thought it was unusual April 8. Police consulted with the homeowner, who said the landscaper had permission to remove the furniture.

A taxi driver and a Palmer Avenue man were arguing over a taxi fare April 5. Police advised the men that their dispute was of a civil nature. The men were able to reach an agreement regarding the fare while police were on scene.

MTA police requested assistance on the platform of the Scarsdale train station regarding a "possible sexual act between a male and female" on the train at 4 p.m., April 8. Upon arrival of the train, the conductor advised police that a man had not paid his fare and was acting inappropriately with a passenger on the train. Police escorted the man off the train without any incident. MTA police officers arrived at the platform and detained the man.

Patrol was flagged down in front of Chase Bank on East Parkway at 4:40 p.m., April 8. Patrol learned that a man inside Chase Bank was screaming and causing alarm. Patrol spoke with the man, who said he was upset because an ATM "took his checks without registering the transaction." The man apologized for causing alarm and advised he would call Chase Bank to rectify the matter. A Chase ATM technician was on scene to help the man further.

A Deerfield Lane resident was concerned about possible danger from a falling tree April 3. Police looked at the tree and confirmed it was leaning. Police could not determine if the tree was on village property and advised the resident to follow up with Village Hall. Police put caution tape around the tree in the meantime.

A Heathcote Road resident complained that someone removed a block of curbing and allegedly "used a shovel to make a path for water to flood her property" April 4. Patrol examined the scene and observed that a block was missing from the roadway curbing. It was not clear how this block became dislodged. The highway department addressed the situation and promised to cement a new block in place after the rain stopped.

Water was flooding from the property of Fenway Golf Club onto a Seneca Road yard April 6. Patrol helped the homeowner notify Fenway Golf Club management to address the issue.

Cars and roadways
At 1:30 a.m., April 3, police noticed a parked car with its trunk open and items unsecured. The registered owner was advised and said he must have inadvertently hit the "open trunk" button while attempting to lock the car. There were no signs of criminality, and the owner closed the trunk and locked the car.

Police stayed with the driver of a disabled car on Post Road until a tow truck arrived April 3.

A car stalled on Post Road April 4. Police stood by and directed traffic until a tow truck arrived.

Callers reported a raised manhole cover on Reynal Crossing April 4 and 6. Police twice moved the cover into its proper position.

A driver got a flat tire on Popham Road April 4. A tow, from AAA, was estimated to arrive within the hour. Police put flares around the car for safety.

Police called a tow truck for a car that ran out of gas on Mamaroneck Road April 6.
A caller saw three unlit flares on Heathcote Road April 8. Patrol removed them from the roadway.

A 2008 Chrysler, registered to a Flushing man, left the roadway on Bypass and hit some trees on an embankment April 8. The driver left the scene, and the accident was discovered by a passerby sometime after it occurred. Police went to the scene and found the car locked, with no keys in the ignition. The car was towed to the police impound lot around 1:40 a.m., April 8.

On April 8, Con Edison and the water department were informed about water seeping from a gas valve cap at Willow Lane and Sheldrake Road.

A driver almost struck a cat on Madison Road and rang the doorbell of house near to where the accident nearly occurred April 8. A woman answered the door, but the cat in question was not her cat. Police helped sort out the confusion.

Illegally parked cars were observed on Potter Road April 9. The cars were moved by their registered owners.

Four car accidents were reported in the village this week.

A Sage Terrace man complained that a neighbor's contractors were on his property while repairing the neighbor's fence April 3. The contractor said he only entered the man's property for a few minutes while setting the fence. He said he understood the man did not want anyone on his property and he promised to comply with those wishes to the best of his ability.

Police reunited a lost dog with its owner April 3. The owner was issued a summons.
A caller reported finding a lost dog on Brewster Road April 4. While police were en route, the owner arrived and was reunited with the dog.

Patrol picked up a loose dog on Brambach Road and returned it to its Lee Road owner April 9.

A sick raccoon was reported on a Brite Avenue doorstep April 5. Police noted the raccoon appeared to be in a "deteriorating state ... moving slower and appearing to be ill." The raccoon was funneled into a safe area in the backyard and shot with one service round. The highway department picked up the carcass and disposed of it.

Village code
Police removed illegally posted advertising signs from Weaver Street and Hutchinson Avenue April 5. The sports business that posted the signs was issued a summons.

Police told a man soliciting on Greenacres Avenue April 7 that he needed a permit to solicit. The man left the area.

Lost and found
A NY State driver's license, belonging to a Springdale Road man, was found on Weaver Street April 8.

On April 9, a woman found a wallet and brought it to headquarters. She was unable to tell police where she found the wallet. The wallet contained at least four ID cards, each bearing a different name for people whose addresses were in Ardsley and Hartsdale. Since there were multiple ID cards in the wallet, police were unable to identity the wallet's owner.

The source of an unusual, but slight, odor in a Franklin Road garage was unidentified April 3.

A Crest Lane resident reported ground water seeping in the basement April 4. There was approximately one inch of water, which was too shallow for firefighters' pumps. The resident was advised to vacuum up the water.

On April 5, contractors reported drilling into an electrical source at a home on Ridgecrest North. Firefighters shut down the main breaker in the house. They opened up a wall where the contractors had been working to check for burning due to a light smoke condition in the house. There were burn marks and signs of charring. Con Edison and the building department responded to check for safety and the integrity of the electrical system. Firefighters determined there was no extension or further burning. They ventilated the house.

A Penn Boulevard resident reported a gas meter hissing in the house April 5. Con Edison determined it was a normal sound of the gas regulator.

Firefighters shut down utilities in a flooding basement on Mamaroneck Road April 6.

Firefighters helped a Brite Avenue resident pump a large amount of water from the basement April 6.

Firefighters called Con Edison about a gas odor on Cooper Road April 6. They stood by until Con Edison representatives arrived.

Minor flooding was reported in a Farley Road house April 6. Firefighters advised the resident on a course of action.

Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of a street gas valve leaking water on Willow Lane April 8.

This week, firefighters assisted at two car accidents in the village and on the Hutchinson River Parkway. They responded to one false carbon monoxide alarms and 12 false fire alarms, caused by device malfunction, cooking smoke, a burnt baby bottle, construction dust, a battery being changed and pipe soldering.

This report, covering police and fire department activity from April 3-9, was compiled from official information.

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More Arrests at Massage Parlors and another DWI

raccoonRaid at Spa 114: Greenburgh Police continued their crackdown on massage parlors this week, arresting three more unlicensed massage therapists for practicing without state licenses. One of the masseuses was also arrested for prostitution when she offered to engage in sexual conduct with an undercover police officer. The arrests were made on April 4 at "Spa 114" at 114 South Central Avenue in Hartsdale. The three suspects were taken to Greenburgh Police Headquarters to be booked, processed and released.

Yanyu Dong, age 35 of Ridgefield, New Jersey was arrested for prostitution and unlicensed massage, while Gye Shun Han, age 50 and Bongok Gu, age 48, both from Flushing, were arrested for unlicensed massage. Spa 114 was closed for the evening after the arrests.

DWI Arrest
On March 31, police arrested Bradley L. Brehm, 52, of Ardsley, on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense), aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol level of at least .18, third-degree assault with intent to cause physical harm, obstruction of government administration and resisting arrest. He was also charged with having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and refusal to take a breath test – which are infractions. Patrol initially responded to Garth Road at approximately 6:20 p.m., on the report of a parked car obstructing traffic flow. Upon arrival, police saw Brehm's 2016 Nissan parked in front of a Garth Road building. Brehm was sitting in the driver's seat, fumbling with his hands. Patrol tapped on the window and indicated for the driver to roll down the window. Brehm attempted to unlock the car approximately 8-10 times before successfully opening his door. At that time, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. Brehm said he was on his way home. Patrol asked Brehm for his driver's license, and Brehm removed a glass containing a clear liquid from between his legs and placed it in the car's center console. The liquid was later determined to be vodka. An empty vodka bottle was also observed in the passenger seat. In talking with patrol, Brehm was unable to answer simple questions, and he was so unsteady on his feet that he was unable to perform field sobriety tests without the risk of falling. Brehm advised he would not comply with any requests for testing, including patrol's request to administer an alco-sensor pre-screening test. Brehm was told he was being arrested for driving while intoxicated and ordered to get into the police car. According to the police report, Brehm was having difficulty getting his feet inside the vehicle. Patrol leaned over in an attempt to help Brehm maneuver his feet, and Brehm allegedly attempted to kick patrol, interfering with the process of lawful arrest. Patrol was able to avoid being struck by lunging backwards out of reach. Patrol regained control of the situation and secured Brehm in the caged area of the patrol car. At headquarters, Brehm was placed in a holding cell and continued to be uncooperative. He refused to provide pedigree information and answered almost all questions with "no." When asked for his height, Brehm advised he was 100 feet tall and weighed 60 feet. He was given his DWI rights but refused to sign a paper stating he had received them. At 7:15 p.m. and 67:45 p.m., Brehm refused to take a Datamaster test to measure his blood alcohol level. At 8:09 p.m., he agreed to the test. It registered a blood alcohol content reading of .3 percent. Due to Brehm's high blood alcohol level, Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps was called for evaluation. Paramedics took Brehm's vital signs and blood pressure and determined that, although Brehm was showing signs of intoxication, he was not in need of further medical assistance. Brehm agreed and stated he did not want to be transported to White Plains Medical Center for treatment. The district attorney's office recommended bail of $2,500. Judge Joachim Alemany, of Scarsdale Village Justice Court, set bail at $500. Unable to post bail and refusing to contact a family member or friend to post bail, Brehm was taken to Westchester County Jail. He was ordered to appear in Scarsdale Village Justice court on April 5.

On March 29, Arthur Bercovits, 52, of Scarsdale was arrested on a stalking charge. A criminal complaint had been filed by a 44-year-old neighbor accusing him of stalking her, and various email messages and a supporting deposition were listed as evidence supporting the arrest. Police went to Bercovits's house and asked to speak with him. Police advised him of the charge and told Bercovits he was being arrested. He was released on his own recognizance, and an order of protection was issued in favor of the woman. Bercovits was ordered to appear in Scarsdale Village Justice Court April 5.

Identity theft
On March 28, a Carthage Road woman reported someone accessed her Bloomingdale's credit card account and fraudulently used it to purchase various items on Feb. 15. The woman discovered the unauthorized charges when she received a statement in the mail on March 21. She said she opened the account in 2015 but never used it. Patrol advised her to inform the credit reporting bureaus and to monitor her accounts.

On March 30, a 69-year-old Brite Avenue man reported receiving unwanted letters, cards and calls from an unknown woman. He started receiving the letters on or around Jan. 20. Two letters were lengthy, handwritten accounts of the woman's life and her alleged love for the man. Another piece of mail was a Valentine's Day card. Since the man did not know this woman, he wrote a letter back to her, requesting that she stop contacting him. On March 29, the man received multiple phone calls from the woman. She left voicemails exhibiting a state of emotional distress. The man wanted to inform police because he said he does not know the woman or what she is capable of. The man said he will block her number, in an attempt to cease her communications.

A Metro Deli employee reported a fellow employee physically assaulted him during an argument in the basement of the Palmer Avenue deli April 1. The employees allegedly have an ongoing dispute. One employee accused another of following him into the basement. During a verbal altercation that allegedly became physical, one employee fell to the ground. The employee who fell accused the other employee of trying to kick him at that point. The employee accused of kicking denied the allegation. The manager instructed both men to "talk it out and shake hands." The employees said they were able to work together without their personal differences interfering with their job duties.

Domestic matter
A Quaker Ridge mother called police to report her 21-year-old son was arguing with her over buying a car March 27. Police advised the family they should sit down and attempt to work out their differences regarding the car. According to the incident report, the incident did not require police intervention because the argument remained verbal.

Police asked a woman standing on the corner of Post Road and Huntington Avenue if she needed any assistance March 27. She said she got off a bus because she was not feeling well. Police offered to call an ambulance, but she refused. She stated her boyfriend was on his way to pick her up, and patrol waited until she was safely picked up.

Cars, roadways, potholes
Patrol helped a driver jump-start his car with a battery pack March 27.
On March 29, a caller reported deep potholes on Post Road. The department of transportation was informed for repair.
On March 29, an Elmsford man got into an accident on Mamaroneck Road. He was allegedly trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle and accidentally struck a road sign. While addressing the accident, police realized the driver's insurance had lapsed on March 10. Therefore, the car's registration was suspended. Patrol removed the car's license plates and issued the man an appropriate summons. The car was towed to the registered owner's address.
Con Edison was called about a fallen wire on Meadow Road March 31.
Police removed debris from Post and Kingston Roads March 31.
Police called the highway department about two incidents of fallen trees on Heathcote Road and Palmer Avenue April 1.
On April 1, potholes were reported on Weaver Street and Post Road.
On April 2, potholes were reported on Mamaroneck Road. Repair was scheduled.
A driver's car ran out of gas on Post Road April 2. The driver walked to get a can of gas from a gas station April 2.
Ten car accidents were reported in the village this week.

A raccoon was trapped in the east stairwell of the Christie Place garage March 27. Patrol called a pest removal company and remained on scene until a representative arrived to pick up the raccoon.
Patrol contacted the highway department to pick up a dead raccoon on Shawnee Road March 28.
A Montrose Road resident reported a raccoon in her backyard walking slowly April 1. It appeared to be injured; so the resident called police. When patrol arrived on scene, the raccoon ran off in the woods. It did not seem to be sick.
Patrol removed a dead raccoon from Post Road April 2.

Civil matter
A Tunstall Road landlord advised her tenants were leaving the country and breaking the lease agreement March 27. Police advised the landlord it was a civil matter.

Lost and found
A passerby found a set of keys, with attached membership cards, on Boulevard and gave them to police for safekeeping March 28. One of the keys was for a Hyundai.

The owner of Parkway Diner, on East Parkway, reported a woman left her handbag in his establishment March 29. The woman realized she left the handbag there and told the owner she would pick it up later that day. On March 30, the woman had not yet returned for her handbag, and the owner decided to give it to police for safekeeping. Patrol attempted to contact the owner, but they were not successful in reaching her.

A Carman Road resident reported losing her driver's license somewhere in the village April 2.

Smoke on Nelson Road was traced to a properly operating fireplace March 27.

Con Edison was notified about an outdoor gas odor on Pinecrest Road March 27.

A wall oven in a Rural Drive house was malfunctioning March 28. Firefighters shut off the oven at the circuit breaker and advised the homeowner to have it repaired.

A cooktop in an Oak Way house was malfunctioning, and firefighters shut off the circuit breakers and advised the homeowner to have it repaired March 28.

On March 28, a homeowner reported an electrical problem in a Greendale Road house. There, firefighters found an emergency generator's power switch buzzing, water dripping from the transfer switch enclosure and an electrical burning odor in the basement. Con Edison cut power to the house. The generator was separated from the power supply so repairs could be made.

Water was leaking from a faulty boiler in a Walworth Avenue house March 29. Firefighters disconnected the power.

Firefighters disconnected a faulty propane tank from a barbecue grill at an Innes Road house and advised the homeowner to return it to the vendor March 31.

Con Edison was called to address a gas leak in an Aspen Road house for sale and fallen wires on Meadow Road March 31.

Con Edison investigated a gas odor on the second floor of the Scarsdale Library April 1. No cause of the odor was found. However, firefighters and Con Edison personnel found a gas-powered snow blower in the lobby and a gasoline can in the basement. They advised library staff to remove these items in an attempt to remove the odor from the building. The fire inspector was informed.

Firefighters helped a Boulevard homeowner get a sump pump working, in order to remove approximately six inches of water from the basement, April 1.

This week, firefighters assisted at two car accidents in the village. They responded to seven false alarms caused by device malfunction, cooking smoke, hair spray, paint fumes and leaking water.

This report covering police and fire department information from March 27 to April 2 was compiled from official information.

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Police Report: Drunk Drivers, Bomb Scare and Signs

wintersceneOn March 15, police responded to a one-car accident involving a 2001 Ford Ranger on Mamaroneck Road. The car was off road and had struck a utility pole. The car's engine was off and the keys were on the center console. The driver – Glenn Trimpert, 46, of Kendall Park, NJ – was sitting in the driver's seat. His eyes were glassy and blood shot. A strong odor of alcoholic beverage was on his breath. He told police he had consumed "four beers." He said he did not know where he was coming from, where he drank the beers or where he was at the time of the accident. He failed the field sobriety tests that police asked him to perform. An Alco-Sensor pre-screening test indicated Trimpert had been drinking. A Datamaster test revealed Trimpert's blood alcohol content to be .17%. Trimpert was arrested on charges of driving wile intoxicated (first offense) and driving with a blood alcohol level of at least .08 of one percent. Trimpert's car was towed to the police impound lot. Trimpert was released on $100 cash bail and ordered to appear in Village Justice Court on March 22.

While conducting DWI traffic enforcement on Post Road at 4 a.m., March 19, police noticed a 2004 Ford Focus cross over the pavement markings. Patrol conducted a traffic stop at Fenimore and Oakstwain roads. The driver – Misty Ruiz, 32, of Hartsdale – had bloodshot eyes and smelled of an alcoholic beverage. She told police she had consumed three shots of "Fireball" several hours earlier. An open bottle of Modelo beer was in her car's cup holder. She was asked to perform field sobriety tests, and she failed them. An Alco-Sensor pre-screening test indicated the presence of alcohol on Ruiz's breath. A Datamaster test revealed Ruiz's blood alcohol content to be .13%. Police asked her if she had any drugs or weapons on her person. She replied that she had cocaine inside her bra. She was asked to remove the cocaine and give it to police, which she did. She was arrested on charges of driving wile intoxicated (first offense), driving with a blood alcohol level of at least .08 of one percent, criminal possession of a controlled substance and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway. Ruiz was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in Village Justice Court on March 22.

Bomb Scare at Edgemont High School
At approximately 8:45 am on Monday March 20, the Greenburgh Police were notified of a bomb threat at Edgemont High School. The Greenburgh Police, members of the Special Operations Unit, EMS, the Mobil Command Center, the Greenville Fire Department and the Westchester County Police Explosive trained K-9 unit all responded. Students were evacuated while the building was searched. No explosive device was found and the school was reopened at 11:15 am.

Domestic matter
A Quaker Ridge mother and her adult daughter were arguing March 13. The mother said the daughter would not stop talking and would not leave her alone. The daughter said her mother's doctor was not returning her calls. Both women agreed to stay away from each other for the rest of the night.

Dog bites
A Dobbs Terrace mother reported a dog ripped her jeans and attempted to bite her March 16. According to the mother, she was putting her children in the rear passenger seats of her car while the car was parked in front of her house. As she proceeded to walk around the rear of her car toward the front driver's side, she encountered an elderly woman walking a black and white, medium-sized dog near the front of her car. Making visual contact, the elderly woman shouted, "Wait until I pass." The mother said she did not understand the elderly woman's comment and continued to walk toward her driver's door. At that time, the dog lunged at her from six t eight feet away and attempted to bite her left shin. The dog's teeth punctured a hole in her jeans and ripped a four-inch tear in the denim. The elderly woman advised she would get the mother new jeans and left the scene with her dog. The animal control officer is following up.

While standing outside the Popham Road CVS with her children, a mother's foot was bitten by a dog March 19. The mother was standing with her back to the entrance doors when an elderly, petite, white woman exited the store with a small, black and white, furry dog. The dog made contact with the mother's foot and proceeded to bite it. The attack left a visible mark. The mother advised the elderly woman that the dog bit her, but the elderly woman left the scene without comment and without exchange of contact information.

On March 17, an Old Lyme Road housekeeper said she encountered a white man who gave her a "bad attitude" while she was walking to a bus stop on Od Lyme Road. The man crossed the street and began grabbing his private area in front of her. The woman then called police and boarded the bus. She said she did not want to make a formal report, but she wanted to alert police to the incident.

A Bee-Line bus driver and a passenger were having a dispute at Post and Fenimore Road, and someone called police March 19. The dispute was instigated by the "long duration of time it took the passenger to pay his bus fare as he entered in White Plains and planned on traveling to Mount Vernon." After the passenger paid the fare in full, the argument continued because each man felt the other was "out of line and inappropriate." The driver said he did not want the passenger to ride his bus and provided him with a transfer ticket. The passenger left the bus and waited in an "orderly" manner at the bus stop.

A neighbor reported the roof of a Walworth Avenue rental house appeared to be collapsing March 14. The building department inspected the roof from inside the house and did not find any obvious concerns. The homeowner said he would have the roof inspected. He told his tenants to not use the third floor until the roof could be inspected.

A Roosevelt Place woman saw footprints in the snow leading to and from a first-floor window near he front door March 15. Furthermore, the woman told police she thought she heard a car in her driveway at 5 a.m. Patrol offered to perform extra ridebys of the house.

On March 17, a Stratton Road homeowner reported finding footprints in the snow that led from the start of her horseshoe-shaped driveway, to the back of her house, to the other side of her driveway.

A Kathy Lane woman alleged her neighbor "was not fulfilling [his] snow removal obligation" March 16. The neighbor told police he hired someone to remove the snow as soon as possible. Patrol advised both partied that their dispute was a civil matter.

A Birchall Drive resident could not move her car up her steep driveway due to snow and ice March 16. Patrol advised her to leave the car at the end of the driveway. The resident's daughter went to the house and drove her mother up the driveway, to the house, in the daughter's SUV.

An Ogden Road woman reported hearing a loud banging noise around 10 p.m., March 17. Police determined it was snow falling from the roof.

Falling tiles
A caller reported "a brick" fell from the roof of a three-story Garth Road building onto the side of the 7-Eleven store March 18. Actually, several terra cotta roof tiles fell and broke when they hit the sidewalk. It was not a brick, as reported. Firefighters used a ladder to examine the roof and remove other broken or compromised tiles. The area was taped off to prevent pedestrian harm. The owner of the building was instructed to address the manner with the building department.

Police helped a woman with a stroller cross Post Road because heavy snow was obstructing the crosswalk March 16.

A Greenacres Avenue man accidentally got locked out of his house March 17. Police helped his open the door to get back in his house.

A caller reported a possible bonfire in a School Lane driveway March 18. Police observed a portable fireplace in the driveway. The fire had already been extinguished with snow and water. The homeowner said she had taken her son and his friends outside to roast marshmallows.

Callers reported seeing political signs on village property at both the intersections of Mamaroneck Road and Palmer Avenue and Heathcote ad Drake roads March 19. Patrol confirmed that village code forbids the posting of election signs on village property without permission. Patrol removed the signs.

Police noticed a gray Mercedes-Benz parked on East Parkway and a Ford SUV parked on Scarsdale Avenue, each with scofflaw violations Mach 16. Each driver told police their unpaid parking tickets ($750 and $370, respectively) would be taken care of at Village Hall that day. The drivers moved their cars before tow trucks arrived.

Cars and roadways
Police issued a Lee Road resident a parking summons for parking his car on Lee Road during a snow emergency March 14. The resident does not have a driveway and therefore had to park on the street. The resident said the car would be moved within the hour.
Police helped several people get their cars unstuck from snow banks March 15.
A driver ran out of gas on Mamaroneck Road March 15, Heathcote Gulf was responding with gasoline, as per the driver's instructions. Patrol stood by until help arrived.
A truck driver transporting food for Chik-Fil-A got lost and pulled into the parking lot of Scarsdale Middle School. March 16. Police helped the driver find his way back to I-95.
A car was improperly parked too close to a curve on Carstensen Road March 16. Patrol contacted the owner who promptly moved the car.
A car got stuck in a snow bank on Crossway March 16. The driver called roadside assistance for help.
Seven car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Wild animals
Police shot a sick raccoon on Parkfield Road and placed the carcass in a garbage bag for sanitation pickup March 13.

A raccoon was on an Oakstwain Road house March 15. The homeowner asked patrol to provide trappers' numbers.

A squirrel was loose inside a Post Road house March 18. The homeowner was able to remove the squirrel without requiring help from police.

Lost and found
On March 13, a Richbell Road resident reported abandoned surveying equipment outside his house. He said it had been there for days. Police vouchered the equipment at headquarters.

A money clip with money attached found on Spencer Place March 13. It was vouchered at headquarters.

Firefighters helped a Crossway homeowner with a defective carbon monoxide detector March 14.
A gas odor was detected in a Kent Road house March 14. Firefighters stood by for Con Edison.
A contractor reported damage to a Brewster Road gas main March 17. Con Edison was on scene to evaluate.
Firefighters shut down a malfunctioning boiler in a Carstensen Road house and ventilated the structure March 18. Con Edison was dispatched to the scene, ad the homeowner was advised to call for repair.
An electrical switch was sparking in a Fenimore Road house March 19. Firefighters isolated the switch and disconnected it from power at the panel. The homeowner was advised to call an electrician for repair.
A falling chunk of ice hit a Brookby Road gas meter ad pressure reducer March 19. As a result, gas started to migrate into the house. Firefighters shut down the burner unit, and Con Edison responded.
This week firefighters assisted at two car accidents in the village and on parkways. They responded to six false fire alarms, caused by device malfunction and cooking smoke.

This report covering police and fire department activity from March 13-19 was compiled from official information.

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Ogden Road Accident Results in DWI Arrest. House Fire on Stonewall Lane

stonewall2Arrest: A one-car car accident involving a head on strike of a tree at the corner of Ogden and Kent roads at 12:40 a.m., March 26, resulted in the arrest of a 22 year-old from Scarsdale. His name has been withheld at his own request. Upon arrival at the accident scene, police observed the driver standing outside a 2004 red Dodge pickup truck that had hit a tree over the pavement lines on Ogden Road. He appeared "disheveled and disoriented." Police noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, as well as glassy and bloodshot eyes. He was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. According to the police report, he had "difficulty following basic instruction and was unsteady on his feet while walking." An alco-sensor test revealed the presence of alcohol on his breath, with a reading of .10. At that time, he was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated (first offense). He was handcuffed and searched. The search revealed two Ziploc bags in his pockets. One bag contained a green, leafy substance identified as five grams of marijuana. Another bag contained eight prescription pills, later identified as Alprazolam. He was given a Datamaster test at headquarters, which revealed his blood alcohol content to be .09 percent. A license plate check of the car revealed that he was not the owner. The owner was identified as a White Plains man. The owner was contacted by White Plains police in order to obtain information related to the suspect's use of the car. The owner later told police he wanted to report the car as stolen. Based on all information, the suspect was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of at least .08 of one percent, open container of alcohol in a vehicle, third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property involving a vehicle. He was released on $250 bail and ordered to appear in Scarsdale Village Justice Court on March 29.

House fire
A contractor working on a Stonewall Lane house reported a fire in the attic March 24. Upon arrival, police saw a light smoke condition around the roof and chimney. Firefighters stretched hose lines to the house and attacked a fire affecting the second floor and attic. The wall next to the fireplace was opened to check for fire. It was noticed there was fire in the walls of the fire-floor, and firefighters were evacuated from the second-floor and attic. Firefighters then directed efforts to the first floor and basement to check for and extinguish any fire that was there. Fire detected in these areas was knocked down. This enabled firefighters to then attack the pockets of fire on the second-floor and attic. An aerial device was directed to the roof, and firefighters made two vent holes in the roof. Roof ventilation was hampered by six inches of spray foam insulation in the attic. Firefighters performed overhaul and salvage. A Westchester County cause and origin team was called to determine the source of the fire.

Police Chase Man on Dirt Bike
A reckless driver on a Yamaha dirt bike was chased by Greenburgh Police around 5 pm on March 29 when he recklessly drove into oncoming traffic and onto sidewalks to evade capture. He started out on Knollwood Road near Westchester Community College and then drove south on the Bronx River Parkway. Officers saw him come to a stop near the County Center and then proceed onto the sidewalk on Tarrytown Road where police tackled him.

He was identified as Mark Haughton, age 24 and charged with DWAI Drugs, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful fleeing a police officer and Criminal Mischief. All listed charges are A-misdemeanors. Haughton was also charged with multiple vehicle and traffic violations.


Identity theft
On March 23, a Church Lane man reported that an unknown person made multiple attempts to obtain fraudulent credit cards in his name and file a false tax return. In at least three cases, the potential creditor sent a letter to the man requesting further information. The man also received a letter from the IRS, stating his tax return had been filed but requesting further information. The man notified the creditors and the IRS that the applications and tax return were fraudulent.

On March 25, a Boulevard man reported receiving calls from Kohl's collections department regarding overdue credit card bills. The man, however, never had a credit card account with Kohl's. Further investigation revealed that someone opened a fraudulent account in the man's name. The account has a credit limit of $1,000, and it accumulated at least $826 in unpaid charges. The man informed Kohl's representatives that the account was fraudulent. They closed it and are following up.

In follow-up to a March 11 report that a Brite Avenue man's mail had been placed on an unauthorized two-week hold, the man came to headquarters on March 25 with additional information about possibly related criminal activity. The man told police he checked his credit report and learned that someone had fraudulently applied for a Citibank credit card in his name, without his knowledge or permission. One week later, the man received the fraudulent card in the mail. He called Citibank to cancel it.

Domestic matters
An Edgewood father called police because of a verbal argument with his 17-year-old son over the importance on doing one's homework March 20. Since the argument was only verbal in nature, police assistance was not needed.

An Edgewood mother reported her daughter's ex-boyfriend showed up at her house to drop off mail for her daughter March 25. She told the ex-boyfriend he was not welcome on her property. She asked police to communicate this message to the ex-boyfriend.

A mobile caterer who services a Reimer Road construction site told police he had a verbal dispute with the driver of a competing mobile coffee provider March 21. Following the dispute, the competing driver left the area, but the mobile caterer wanted to report he incident in case further problems arise.

A taxi driver reported a fare dispute with a Ridgecrest East passenger March 26. The issue was resolved without police intervention.

A Crawford Lane man returned home and saw footprints on his deck March 20. Police determined the footprints were made by an officer checking the house during a "dark house" check the day before.

Water and heat
Police turned off a running hose at the side of a Secor Road house and checked on the elderly resident inside March 22.

A hissing noise in a Fox Meadow Road house was determined to be caused by the house's forced-air heating system March 22.

A Parkfield Road woman reported a "possibly confused" man attempted to enter her house. She described the man as approximately 60 years old, with dark-skin, possibly of Indian or Hispanic descent, and wearing baggy jeans and a dark T-shirt. She said it seemed like the man thought the house was his and seemed surprised when he saw the woman. Once confronted, the man left the woman's property and allegedly went to a few more houses, attempting to enter the front doors. Patrol canvassed the area and local train stations. They did not find a man fitting the description. The woman said she did not believe the man had criminal intentions but may have needed assistance due to confusion.

Garage door
A caller reported a Penn Boulevard garage door was open while the homeowners were away March 25. Police closed the garage door and attempted to notify the homeowner. The keyholder, instead, was notified. The keyholder said the garage door had been opened because he was entering the garage to perform engine maintenance on a car.

Cars and roadways
On March 20 and 21, police issued parking summonses to the owner of illegally parked cars on Freightway Road.
On March 21, police noticed an occupied car, with its lights off and the engine running, parked outside the Chase Road post office at 2 a.m. Patrol questioned the driver, who was a Scarsdale resident, who said he and a friend were out playing "Pokemon Go." It was explained that this game requires players to travel to specific areas to advance.
On March 21, police issued one parking summons to the owner of an illegally parked Suburban on Sage Terrace.
Police called a towing service for a car with a flat tire on Post Road March 21.
Police issued parking summonses to the owners of illegally parked cars at Lockwood Road and School Lane March 21.
A tree fell on Richbell Road March 22. The highway department was called to remove it. Police stood by.
Verizon was notified about a fallen wire on Wayside Lane March 22.
Cablevision was notified about an open junction box at Crossway and Weaver Street March 23.
On March 24, a caller reported seeing a man with dark hair and a green backpack throwing rocks from the Fenimore Road bridge. The man was gone when police arrived.
Police issued a summons to a car parked left to curb on Hamilton Road March 24.
Patrol helped a driver get her car unstuck from ice and mud on the side of Palmer Avenue and Bansom Road March 25.
A group of bystanders helped a driver push her car free from a pile of snow on Palmer Avenue March 26.
Six car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Lost dog
A loose, golden-colored, mixed-breed female dog with a white face was found near the intersection of Murray Hill and Post Roads March 21. It was wearing a red collar. Attempts to contact the owner were unsuccessful. The dog was picked up by New Rochelle Humane Society, along with a village code violation summons to be given to the owner.

A Harvest Drive woman reported finding a dead rabbit on her driveway March 24. The rabbit was missing its head. The woman said she thought the incident was worth documenting; so she told police. Police suggested the rabbit might have been injured during an incident with another wild animal, or it might have been dropped by a bird of prey. The woman advised no further follow-up was needed.

An injured raccoon was found at the corner of Post and Murray Hill roads March 24. Patrol shot the raccoon and notified the highway department regarding the removal of its carcass.

On March 20, a Forest Lane woman and a Wakefield Road man each reported a man in a burgundy-colored four-door sedan remove "Voters' Choice" political signs from their respective yards. The man and woman allegedly received information that the signs needed to be placed at least 14 feet away from the street; however, each sign had only been placed three to five feet away from the street. According to police information, a representative from the highway department removed all signs illegally placed in the village right-of-way.

On March 20, a political sign was also reported to have been removed from a Fox Meadow Road lawn. The sign had allegedly been placed only seven feet from the road, which would have located it within the village right-of-way.

On March 20, a Ferncliff Road resident reported the theft of political signs from his property. No further information was provided.

Bob Berg of Tisdale Road reported signs were stolen from his lawn and the lawns of several of his neighbors. March 20. According to the candidate, three signs were removed from his property, without his permission or authority, sometime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. He told police the signs had been placed approximately five feet from the curb. This meant that they had been positioned within the village right-of-way.

Village code
On March 20, police issued a village code violation summons to a Post Road homeowner who parked a commercial box truck in his driveway overnight.

Police advised a solicitor he needed a permit to continue going to door to door, marketing his services, in Scarsdale March 25. The solicitor was on Mamaroneck when police encountered him.

Lost and found
A taxi company manager reported a license plate was lost from one of his taxis March 20.
A license plate was found in a Crane Road parking lot March 21. A receptionist at the business location told police she had identified the owner and would attempt to talk with him or her.
Someone found a wallet and brought it to police March 22. Patrol located the owner, a Post Road man, and returned it to him.
On March 25, a Brewster Road mother reported her daughter lost a violin at Fox Meadow School Feb. 17.
A cell phone was found at the corner of Post and Fenimore roads March 25. It was password-protected and set to function in a different language, possibly Chinese, so police were unable to retrieve the owner's name and contact information. Police vouchered the phone at headquarters.

Firefighters notified Con Edison about gas odors on Meadow Road and a pavement crack in the Scarsdale Pool driveway March 20.
A loose fuel cap resulted in gasoline spillage in a Dolma Road garage March 31. This caused an odor that dissipated after the cap was secured and the garage was ventilated.
A leaking interior oil tank caused several gallons of fuel oil to spill on the basement floor in a Tyler Road house March 22. Firefighters used plug and dike putty to stop the leak temporarily. They placed absorbent pads on the oil in order to soak it up from the sump pump area. The oil company was contacted for follow-up.
Firefighters helped Greenville Fire Department with a structure fire in a kitchen located in a Central Park Avenue strip mall March 23.
A smoke detector was chirping in a Vernon Road house March 23. Firefighters determined the detector was old and advised replacement.
A two-year-old child accidentally got locked inside a Chesterfield Road bathroom March 24. Some firefighters observed the child through a window, while other firefighters worked with the door. With the homeowner's permission, a locking mechanism was disassembled and removed, causing minor damage to the door. The child was released from the bathroom, unharmed.
Slightly elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected in a Secor Road house. No obvious signs of a carbon monoxide leak were detected. Firefighters deduced the cause might have been a car started in the garage, via remote key fob starter, with the garage door closed. Con Edison was called to check the safety of all gas-fired appliances.
This week, firefighters assisted at one car accident in the village. They responded to four false carbon monoxide alarms and nine false fire alarms caused by device malfunction, mistaken keypad activation, system testing, battery change, cooking smoke and construction dust.

From the Scarsdale Police: Autism Awareness Patch Challenge: April 2017

autismawarenessThe Scarsdale Police Department will be participating in the Autism Awareness Patch Challenge during the month of April 2017. During this period, Scarsdale Police cars will display the Autism Awareness Patch to publicly communicate their participation and express support for individuals with disabilities.

The Autism Patch Challenge endeavors to promote greater public awareness and acceptance of autism, as well as to call attention to local public safety efforts to recognize through special policies and practices the unique needs of persons with disabilities, including autism.

Scarsdale Police Department personnel undergo specialized annual training in order to appropriately interact with and assist persons with disabilities, includingindividuals with autism. We are committed to the highest standards of public service and safety for all persons. For more information about autism, please visit Autism Speaks online at

This report covering police and fire department activity from March 20-26 was compiled from official information

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Police Report: Car Break-ins Target Griffen Avenue and Brittany Close

droneA man's wallet was stolen out of his unlocked parked car at Quaker Ridge Golf Club on Griffen Avenue March 9.

On March 10, a Brittany Close resident reported someone entered two unlocked cars parked in her driveway and stole a garage door opener from one of them. The resident noticed the glove compartments were open in the cars, and items had been removed and placed on the front seats. One car was a white Mercedes-Benz, and the other car was a black Cadillac Escalade. According to video footage that captured the incident, two men parked outside the resident's house in a white Mercedes-Benz around 6:15 a.m. The men were wearing hoodies and sneakers. They are captured on video, as they got out of their car and approached and entered the resident's cars.

Identity theft
On March 7, a Black Birch Lane man reported someone withdrew fund from his business account by presenting 10 bogus checks. The checks varied in amounts ranging from $1,740.53 to $2,340.78. The man stated he wrote a check to a stationery vendor for $121.99, but that check never reached its destination. The counterfeit checks followed the missing check in their sequence numbers.

On March 9, a Greenacres Avenue man reported fraudulent credit card accounts were opened in his name. The man said he was in the process of acquiring necessary documents and would be out of town for a week. Police advised him to notify the credit reporting bureaus and review his credit report as soon as possible.

Postal fraud
A Brite Avenue man reported someone fraudulently placed a postal hold on his mail March 11. It was done in person by a third party.

Domestic matter
On March 10, a Quaker Ridge mother and her adult daughter were arguing over a "banking matter." The daughter called police for assistance. On scene, police talked to both parties, each of whom calmed down and assured police the argument was over.

Phone scam
A Clarence Road resident reported someone called her, alleging to be an Internal Revenue Service agent March 8. She hung up the phone, suspecting it was a scam. She reported it to police.

On March 6, a Colvin Road resident reported two to three teenagers were ringing her doorbell around 6 p.m. By the time the resident answered the door, the teens were observed walking down the road. One was described as wearing a knit hat and a black jacket.

On March 9, a Haverford Road man complained he thought the street had inadequate lighting. He alleged that the darkness on the street contributed to a burglary attempt in December. Patrol checked the street and determined no lights in the area were out.

Suspicious visit
On March 10, a Berwick Road woman reported a man entered her house, claiming to be there on Village business and took pictures of her house. She was alarmed because Village Hall claimed no one was out on assignment to take pictures of her house. According to a worker who let the man into the woman's house, the man arrived in a newer model minivan. He advised he needed to check for an underground oil storage tank and wanted to see the basement. The worker accompanied the man into the basement, where the man took several photos of the boiler room and its exterior walls. The man then allegedly walked around the perimeter of the house with a metal detector, searching for a buried tank. Based on descriptions of the man's actions in the house, it was determined that the man was there on possibly legitimate business, just mistakenly at the wrong house. Patrol spoke to a neighbor with surveillance cameras and requested that the video footage be preserved for future follow-up.

On March 11, two men inadvertently flew a drone into a Park Road backyard. The men rang the homeowner's doorbell, asking to retrieve the drone. The homeowner called police. Patrol escorted the two men into the backyard so they could retrieve the drone.

Police identified a car parked on Chase Road that had accumulated $620 in unpaid parking fines March 9. The driver was informed to settle the matter in Village Justice Court as soon as possible.

Cars and roadways
A woman called police at 7:30 p.m., March 7, because she was concerned her husband might have been drinking vodka before he got into his 2004 Jaguar to drive to a location in Scarsdale or White Plains. Police checked out the husband's possible destinations but did not find hm. At 8:15 p.m., the woman called police to say her husband had returned home without incident.

A caller reported a "dead rat" on a Rochambeau Road sidewalk March 8. Police informed the highway department.

The highway department was informed about a large pothole on Garth Road in need of repair March 8.

Parked cars were obstructing traffic flow on Garden Road March 8. Patrol asked drivers to move their cars to correct the situation.

A person sitting in a car parked on Rock Creek Lane was determined to be an investigator on an assignment March 8.

Parked cars were obstructing traffic flow on Cohawney Road March 8. Patrol asked driver to move their cars.

A caller reported an erratic driver in a gray Infiniti almost hit her and her children in a stroller while they were standing on the corner of Post and Popham roads March 9.

Patrol called a tow truck for a car with a flat tire on Bypass March 9.

Patrol removed debris from Post Road March 10.

An unknown car reportedly drove into a Park Road driveway March 11. Police determined the driver was a food delivery person who mistakenly went to the wrong address.

Ten car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Civil matter
On March 8, a Claremont Road woman complained that her neighbor's tree contractor was dumping debris on her yard. After police arrived on scene, the contractor offered to "fix any grass which was misplaced during [the] work."

On March 9, patrol helped settle a verbal dispute between a Sage terrace resident and a property surveyor who was working on the property and who had allegedly been "rude."

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Firefighters forced open the elevator in the Christie Place parking garage to release a person accidentally trapped inside March 6. The elevator was placed out of service and appropriate service providers were contacted.

Construction workers made a small, outdoor fire on Manor Lane March 6. They said they were burning scrap wood to keep warm. Firefighters extinguished the fire, and the fire inspector issued the workers a warning.

Firefighters made entry into a Nelson Road house to let a locked-out homeowner back inside March 6. Police were on scene to verify the homeowner's identity.

Firefighters shut off leaking water from a broken pipe at a Cooper Road house March 6. Police secured the front door upon leaving.

Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of a gas leak on Meadow Road March 6.

A Lebanon Road house was registering elevated carbon monoxide levels March 8. Firefighters stood by for Con Edison. A fault cooktop was identified.

A fire started in the chimney of a wood-burning stove in a Herkimer Road house March 8. Firefighters put out the fire and identified several safety hazards. They recommended servicing the stove.

A dumpster was on fire at a Kelwynne Road house March 9. Firefighters extinguished it and tipped over the dumpster to overhaul its contents. The cause of the fire was undetermined, but it was not deemed to be suspicious.

This week, firefighters assisted at seven car accidents in the village and on parkways. They responded to 15 false fire alarms, caused by device malfunction, carpet installation, dust, cooking smoke, burnt food, steam and accidental manual activation.

This report covering police and fire department activity from March 6-12 was compiled from official information.

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