Career criminal busted in package thefts



PEEKSKILL – An alert neighbor is being credited with tipping off
Peekskill Police about a man seen lurking in bushes around a residence
on Broad Street and then going up to the porch, removing a delivered package,
concealing it under his jacket and walking away.

As a result, police Tuesday arrested Randolph Jordan, 41, of Ossining,
a parolee with a lengthy rap sheet, believed to be responsible for a string
of thefts from the front porches of his victims.

Jordan was just released on parole in February after serving five years
in state prison on a burglary charge.

The witness telephoned police immediately and provided a description and
direction of travel that resulted in Det. John Bennett locating him on
North James Street moments later. Police recovered several items of beauty
products and after questioning how he came in possession of those items,
he admitted taking them from the victim’s front porch.

Police are investigating to determine if Jordan is responsible for a number
of similar thefts over the last two weeks and are reviewing surveillance
footage and other evidence.

Jordan was arraigned on a burglary charge as well as violating his parole
after it as learned that the state had issued a warrant for him in March.

Chief Eric Johansen said the witness “epitomized the concept of
see something, say something. Anyone who has additional information on
this or other criminal activity is urged to call Peekskill Police at 914-737-8000.

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