License Plate Readers Help Solve a Case of Illegal Dumping in Putnam Valley

Putnam County Sheriff, Robert L. Langley, Jr. reports that a 50-year-old Newburgh man has been charged with Illegal Dumping in Putnam Valley.

On or about October 13, 2020, Deputy Kevin Radovich was flagged down by the grounds keeper of the Blair Lodge located at 221 Peekskill Hollow Road in the Town of Putnam Valley. The grounds keeper reported that on or about October 11, 2020 surveillance captured footage of a pink Dodge van entering the property and dumping a couch and other items on the property.

On or about October 17, 2020, pursuant to an investigation, Deputy Radovich was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle. However, when he ran the plate in the DMV Database it came back to a blue Dodge van registered to Ernest Young of Newburgh.

On or about October 18, 2020 Deputy Radovich sought assistance from our law enforcement partners at the Westchester County Real Time Crime Center. Viewing footage from the Crime Centers license plate reader database Deputy Radovich was able to confirm that the Dodge Van registered as the blue van was the pink van that had dumped the property on the Blair Lodge property.

That same day, Deputy Radovich contacted Ernest Young and met him at approximately 12:00 noon at the Blair Lodge. Mr. Young removed the items that he had previously dumped on the property on October 13, 2020. He was issued an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Putnam Valley Justice Court. He was charged with violating one (1) count of Putnam Valley Code Illegal Dumping, a violation, and one (1) count of Penal Law violation Trespass.

This is just another example of the importance of License Plate Readers in criminal investigations says Sheriff Langley.

Article | by Dr. Radut