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Captain John Watterson
Captain John Watterson
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation into numerous vehicle break-ins in the Town of Wappinger, as well as the arrest of a suspect identified as Michael Bevan, age 33 of Wappinger.
During the early morning hours of 10/14/13 Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Village Crest Apartments on Maloney Rd in Wappinger for a report of people breaking into cars, and upon arrival four male suspects were apprehended at the scene. Two of the suspects (one of which was Mr. Bevan) were apprehended following a Sheriff’s Office K-9 track, and the other two turned themselves in. Two out of the four are juveniles (ages 13 & 15), one is 16 yrs old, and the last one is Mr. Bevan. After further investigation it was discovered that Mr. Bevan had been breaking into cars and stealing property along with the juveniles, and they had been entering unlocked vehicles and removing personal property. None of the juveniles (13 & 15) involved will be identified because of their age, and at this time they are expected to be charged as juveniles and not criminally. The 16-yr old suspect has not been charged at this time, however may be charged at a later time.
Mr. Bevan was arrested on 10/24/13 and has been charged with 9 counts of petit larceny (Class A Misd) and 1 count of endangering the welfare of a child (Class A Misd). At this time Mr. Bevan is currently serving a 90-day sentence at the Dutchess County Jail pursuant to a Dutchess County Family Court Order of Commitment, and at the completion of that sentence he will be ordered to appear before the Town of Wappinger Court on these charges.
During the commission of these crimes numerous pieces of property were stolen, and much of it was later recovered through the investigation. Even though a large amount of that recovered property was claimed, there is still some property in the Sheriff’s Office custody that has not yet been claimed. This property includes 4 bicycles. If anyone has had property go missing or thinks that they may be a victim of these larcenies in the Maloney Rd area of Wappinger, they are asked to please call the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office at 845-486-3800 and ask for Detective Adam Harris.
The Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Detective Divisions worked together on this case, and the investigation is continuing. As with any other criminal case the charges described above are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. More information may be released as it becomes available.