According to Scarsdale Police Chief John Brogan, he was about to leave headquarters for the holiday weekend on Friday 5-25 when he heard a hotline broadcast from the White Plains Police about two burglars who had just fled a Cushman Road home. One was said to be in a car and the other on foot. Brogan was already out of uniform but decided to jump in his car and participate in the search. Minutes later, while he was headed north on Walworth Avenue to get onto the Bronx River Parkway he spotted a man who matched the description of one of the suspects walking rapidly in the street. The suspect was wearing a red shirt and blue pants and looking nervously behind him.
Brogan radioed for reinforcements, turned his car around and stopped at the intersection of Greenacres Avenue andWalworth where he intercepted the man. Since Brogan was out of uniform, the suspect did not initially realize with whom he was dealing. Minutes later, six police cruisers arrived and detained the man, who identified himself as Andres Torres age 30 of Jackson Heights. The White Plains Police arrived and took Torres into custody.
Minutes earlier, the White Plains police stopped the other suspect who had fled Cushman Road in a silver car. The driver was identified as Daniel Moreno, age 33 of Flushing. According to the Cushman Road homeowner, he had returned to his house at 4:15 pm on Friday and come upon Torres and Moreno in the process of robbing his house. Both were charged with second-degree burglary.
We asked Brogan why he thought the two had targeted the home on Cushman Road and he said that both men claimed to work at a golf club on Ridgeway in White Plains. Brogan credits the Scarsdale Police with acting quickly to converge on Greenacres after the alert and forcing the suspect out of the neighborhood onto Walworth Avenue.
Drunk Driver: At 3:34 am on 5/25police found a 2007 Jeep stopped in the southbound lane of Palmer Road near Mamaroneck Road blocking traffic. The car was idling and police opened the door and found the driver asleep. Police woke the man who identified himself as Andrew Masciangelo, age 38 of Phoenixville, PA. Police smelled alcohol on Masciangelo’s breath and they administered sobriety tests which he failed. He was brought to headquarters and found to have a BAC of .20. His car was impounded and towed and he was charged with DWI.
Arrest: On 5/21 Sara Doolan, age 22 of New Rochelle surrendered herself to Scarsdale Police in response to an outstanding bench warrant for driving without a license and speeding on February 18, 2012 at 12:45 am. She was released and given a court appearance date.
Harassed: An employee of Chase Bank on East Parkway reported the receipt of approximately 25 harassing phone calls between November 1, 2011 and May 23, 2012. The male caller claimed that she is being sued for failure to pay for a loan from “Cash Advance,” an internet loan company. The caller wants her to make two payments of $262.50 each, though the woman says she did not borrow money from “Cash Advance.” Police called back the number the woman provided and the man cursed and hung up. On a second phone call from the police, the man insisted that he will continue to call.
Identity Theft: At Chase Bank on Palmer Avenue, a woman claiming to be Violeta Cruz attempted to withdraw $4,195 from her account on the afternoon of 5/24. The teller noticed a discrepancy in age between the person at the window and the account holder and alerted the manager. At that point, the suspect asked for her id back and left the bank. Police canvassed the area but did not find her – however there is a video of the woman entering her car.
A Valley Road woman reported that someone used her social security number to make $1,113.59 in purchases from Lord and Taylor and spend $756.68 at Macy’s between 4/5 and 5/27. Though the Scarsdale woman was in possession of her credit cards, the suspect was able to make fraudulent charges to her accounts using her social security number.
Theft: A Scarsdale dad reported the theft of an iPod from his son’s backpack while he was at school on April 16, 2012.
Vandalism: A mailbox on Gatehouse Road was damaged overnight from 5/25-5/26. The support post was ripped from the ground and the box was damaged. Also that night three outdoor light fixtures were stolen from a home on Harvest Drive and later found on a neighboring property. One of the fixtures was damaged.
Following a dispute on the morning of 5/28, one many keyed another’s car in the parking lot of the Metro Diner on Scarsdale Avenue. The police were called and they found the suspect who admitted to scratching the other man’s 1998 Toyota. However, the owner of the car did not wish to press charges.
Dog incidents: While walking on Madison Road on the morning of 5/21, a woman from White Road reported that she was bitten by a dog. However, the small white dog only nipped at her pants and they were not damaged. Also on 5/21, the owner of a dog who lives on Berkeley Road was issued a summons when his dog was found loose on Greenacres Avenue. On 5/23, a small white and brown dog was found in a Greenacres Avenue yard. Though the dog had a collar, there were no tags. Police called the New Rochelle Humane Society and they retrieved the dog.
Turtle in the road: Police were alerted to a turtle sitting in the middle of Taunton Road at 9:47 am on 5/26. They were able to get the turtle into a box and return it to the pond.
Misplaced Asphalt Shingles: An Innes Road woman found a pallet of asphalt roof shingles in her driveway on May 22 -- but she was not having her roof done. The pallet had no shipping receipt or identification. Police advised the woman to contact the sanitation or highway departments to see if they could pick up the roofing.
Runaway: A concerned Ross Road mother called police around 1:30 on the afternoon of 5/25 when she got into a dispute with her 12 year-old son and he left the house with a black roller bag. Police came to the house and spoke with the boy’s father who said that the boy had been picked up by his grandmother and was fine.
Hit and run: On Friday afternoon 5/25, a Tarrytown woman was in her car in the Freightway Garage when the driver of a Suburban made a U-Turn, hit her car and drove off. The woman was able to note the license plate number which she provided to police who found that the car belonged to Carman Road man who had lent it to his grandson. The 16 year-old grandson, who lives on East Hartsdale Avenue admitted to the hit and run and was given a summons.