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Two Men Arrested for Overnight Burglary

Published: 12/27/2013

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Captain John Watterson
(845) 486-3860

Poughkeepsie…The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Johnathan A. Barham (age 26 of Central Islip NY) and Carsell Barham (age 31 of Massapequa NY) in connection with a burglary in the Town of LaGrange, which occurred at approximately 12:45 am on 12/27/13.

On the above date and time the Sheriff’s Office received a call for a burglar alarm at the Page Home Center, 1387 Route 55 in the Town of LaGrange, and as Deputies were responding they observed a vehicle leave the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Deputies then attempted to stop the vehicle, however the operator failed to comply and sped away westbound on Route 55. When the vehicle got to the area of Route 55 and Stringham Rd two (2) male occupants got out and ran, and a foot pursuit ensued. At that time additional units responded to assist, including a Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and the New York State Police. The area was searched and the two subjects were located a short distance away and taken into custody. Further investigation has revealed that during the burglary the subjects allegedly forced entry into the building and stole cash, which has been recovered. The charges for each are as follows:

  1. Johnathan Barham: Burglary 3rd degree (Class D Felony)
    Criminal mischief 3rd degree (Class E Felony)
    Criminal trespass 3rd degree (Class B Misd)
    Grand larceny 4th degree (Class E Felony)

  2. Carsell Barham: Burglary 3rd degree (D Felony)
    Unlawfully fleeing a police officer 3rd degree (Class A Misd)

It is further alleged that during the foot pursuit & search the two split up and Johnathan Barham broke into a daycare center and stole a vehicle, and may also be responsible for a burglary to the Cornucopia Deli in Red Hook on 12/26/13. At this time it is thought that Johnathan Barham allegedly broke into the daycare center during the search to hide from the police, but then left because police were getting close. It is alleged that he (Johnathan) then stole a vehicle, which he was later found in during the area search. The Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, which was on the scene as it unfolded, is continuing to investigate and more charges may be forthcoming. The investigation into the deli burglary is being conducted by the Village of Red Hook Police; proceeds from that burglary were recovered by the Sheriff’s Office and charges are expected at a later time. At the time of this release the defendants are still being interviewed & processed, and no arraignment information is available. As in any criminal case, the charges described above are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the apprehension by the New York State Police, and it should be noted that the quick response and coordination between members of both agencies is the reason that these two defendants were located as quickly as they were. Members from both agencies did an outstanding job in working together to conduct a quick and thorough search of the area, which ensured that the defendants didn’t have the opportunity to escape the area and/or allegedly commit more crimes. The manpower and the Sheriff’s Office K-9 were instrumental in the successful apprehension of these individuals. The Sheriff’s Office Detective Division and Village of Red Hook Police are is continuing to investigate, and more information may be released as it becomes available.

*All subjects arrested and charged are alleged to have committed the crime and are presumed innocent until proven guilty and are to appear in a local court at a later date.