Tarrytown Police: BMW Stolen; Suicide Stopped

A summary of incidents in Tarrytown Sept. 20 through Sept. 27, 2012

The following information was supplied by the Tarrytown Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.


North Washington Burglary

On Sept 20 at 6:27 p.m. a burglary was reported on North Washington Street, happening sometime that day between 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officers on the scene confirmed a burglary had occurred and requested the detective division. Lieutenant William Herguth said the back door had been pried open and $700 cash and several pieces of jewelry were stolen. The case is still under investigation with no suspect, he said.


Saved Again by the Location Software

On Sept. 21 at 8:28 a.m. a man who left his iPhone in the Walgreens bathroom said he contacted the store and they were giving him a difficult time retrieving the phone. The man’s iPhone locator was indicating the phone was still in the store. The officer who came to the scene reported the “condition corrected,” the man got his phone and no arrests were made.


Car Stolen Out of Tarrytown Honda Lot

On the morning of Sept. 20, an employee at the Tarrytown Honda dealership reported that a 2008 BMW had been driven out of the lot at 2 a.m. that morning (as recorded on the video surveillance). The employee thought the car was being sold under a consignment deal and belonged to a listed owner, who perhaps took the car or gave permission from someone to remove it. Later detectives spoke with the store’s manager who said the car was indeed stolen and that it did belong to the dealership. The case is under open investigation.


Attempted Burglary

On Sept. 22 at 7:17 a.m., a 911 call was received reporting a man on Cottage Place was inside a car and possibly trying to steal it. Herguth said the man was still in the car when police showed up and he appeared to be rifling around looking to steal things but not the car itself. Officers arrested James Edward Mitchell, 53, from White Plains, for attempted petit larceny and disorderly conduct. The disorderly conduct component of the arrest, said Herguth, was from apparent public urination.

At 11:35 a.m. Mitchell was arraigned by Judge Kyle McGovern with bail set at $1,500 cash or $5,000 bond and he was taken to Westchester County Jail, due back in Tarrytown court on Sept. 26.


Dead on Arrival

On Sept. 24, at 6:53 a.m. at an 18 N. Broadway Apartment a 47-year-old man, who police are not naming, was reported by his friend to be unresponsive and not breathing. Officers and ambulance were dispatched to the scene. The man was pronounced dead on arrival by Greenburgh paramedics at 7:10 a.m. The County Medical Examiner were called as well as the detective division.

Herguth said the death didn’t appear suspicious though autopsy results from the County Examiner are still pending. Herguth offered no information at this time.


Firearm Possession

On Sept. 25, the Greenburgh Task Force reported stopping a vehicle on South Broadway at 3:35 p.m. and requested a village unit to respond. A man was found to be in possession of a firearm and transported to headquarters for investigation. Jerome J. Zaccaria, 82, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and released for a return court date of Oct. 3. The firearm was taken into evidence and turned over to detective division. Herguth said the length of the barrel made it questionable if it was a legal rifle or not so police sent it to the "lab" for confirmation.


Possible Suicide Thwarted

A caller reported on Sept. 25 at 4:50 p.m. that he had been exchanging text messages in the last five minutes with his friend, who had indicated he was suicidal and would be leaving his apartment on White Plains Road to possibly “walk into traffic on I-287.” Officers searched the area and interviewed the caller upon his arrival at the friend’s home. Police did find a suicide note there. They notified state police and the detective division. At 5:21 p.m., police located and took into custody the subject on Route 119 just east of Meadow Street. Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported the person to Phelps Memorial Hospital with an officer onboard and detective following.


Note: Police Beat is in no way a complete summary of all Tarrytown Police activities and responses during the listed dates.

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Patricia October 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM
If your "day" was before LT Herguth's "day" than you don't have much time left.
Patricia October 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM
That was the Greenburgh Task Force not the Tarrytown Police, but any training is acceptable.
Jaques Strape October 05, 2012 at 02:10 PM
What about the arrested FBI agent from Sleepy Hollow?
Krista Madsen October 05, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Great article in the NYTimes and I'm working on more, thanks for asking, http://patch.com/A-yxMf
michael October 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM
may be the old man ( 82 ) was may be a risk , to rob a bank ??? about getting the police to catch all the drug pusher in tarrytown and sleepy hollow ????


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