2014 News Releases

Sheriff's Office
Adrian H. Anderson, Sheriff

line image

For More Information Contact:

Captain John Watterson
(845) 486-3860

August 22, 2014        Print version

Massachusetts man charged with grand larceny after scam

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Timothy R. MacDonald, age 30 of Boston Mass., for grand larceny as the result of a month-long investigation into a stolen utility vehicle from the Town of Hyde Park.

Mr. MacDonald is accused of using the internet to falsely claim he was a member of the Suffolk County Emergency Services Unit in Boston, during which he also claimed to be interested in buying a utility vehicle. Arrangements were made for him to pick up a $23,000 Polaris Ranger from a local business; the business had been sent a purchase order and was expecting to be sent a check after it was picked up. The vehicle was picked up on 6/13/14, however a check for the payment never arrived. On 7/11/14, the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division was contacted and started an investigation, and on 8/13/14, Mr. MacDonald was arrested. Mr. MacDonald is accused of taking the vehicle and not paying for it while using a false purchase order from an organization which he didn’t belong to. On 7/12/14, the vehicle was recovered in Maine and has since been legitimately re-sold there with the original owner’s consent.

Mr. MacDonald has been charged with grand larceny in the 3rd degree, which is a Class D Felony. After being processed, Mr. MacDonald was arraigned at the Town of Hyde Park Court and was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. His next appearance is in Hyde Park Court on 8/28/14.

As with any criminal case, the charges described here are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.