CARMEL – Two Fishkill women were arrested, charged with committing a series of larcenies in parked vehicles in the town of Philipstown., Putnam Valley and Kent.
Megan Gonzalez, 25, and Kimberly Greer, 24, both were charged by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office with several felony counts of grand larceny and were released without bail pending future court appearances in several jurisdictions.
During the past three weeks, the sheriff’s office and State Park Police received several complaints from hikers who, when they returned to their vehicles, found they had been rummaged through and personal items were stolen. The property included loose change, pocketbooks and wallets containing credit cards, money and identifications.
The thefts took place along the Route 9D corridor from Sandy Beach/Stony Point to Breakneck Mountain and in the area of Route 301 through Fahnestock State Park in the towns of Philipstown, Putnam Valley and Kent.
The stolen credit cards were used to make purchases at businesses in Dutchess, Orange and Westchester counties as well as in Danbury, Connecticut.
Investigation by sheriff’s investigators using security footage developed a description of the two women and a vehicle they were using.
On Wednesday, July 10, a sheriff’s investigator driving on Route 301 through Fahnestock State Park, spotted what was believed to be the vehicle unoccupied in a parking area of Canopus Lake in Putnam Valley.
State Park Police were notified and observed as Gonzalez and Greer emerged from a trail, got into the car and started to leave. They were arrested and transported to the sheriff’s office in Carmel for booking on the charges.