On January 19th police officers observed a very sticky substance in a USPS mailbox near Depot Place. Police said the substance was used to “fish” the mailbox with the intent of stealing it. The postal inspection service was notified of the find.
Criminal tampering was reported Jan. 19 at a USPS mailbox at Nelson Road and Boulevard. Police discovered a glue trap set up to fish and steal mail. The postal inspection officer was notified and the box was temporarily closed to prevent further theft or tampering.
Criminal tampering was reported Jan. 19 at a box at the USPS post office at Brewster Road and Huntington Avenue. The police found the remains of a glue trap.
A Wynmor Road resident reported Jan. 20 that his $60,000 BMW was stolen from his driveway overnight. He said the car was unlocked and the key was inside.
Stolen car found in Scarsdale
On Jan. 20, an unoccupied Honda Civic was reported parked on Wynmor Road for more than 10 hours with the window open. Police arrived and a New Haven, Connecticut, woman reported her car stolen. The car was taken into the custody of Scarsdale police and an outside agency was contacted to report that it had been recovered.
Caught in traffic enforcement
On Jan. 16, Yonkers resident Jeremy C. Benitez, 19, was arrested and charged with possession of a forged instrument, operating a car with improper license plates and driving without insurance after being stopped by traffic enforcement on Scarsdale Avenue. Police noticed his car had fraudulent temporary Georgia license plates. A traffic stop was conducted on Popham Road and the driver showed the fraudulent plates and registration to the officer, who was then arrested. Benitez was taken to headquarters for processing and released on his own recognizance.
Carina Susana Veloso, 45, of Tolland, Conn., was arrested Jan. 16 at Mamaroneck and Brookby roads after police found her red Prius with blacked-out license plate covers. He was stopped and charged with license plate display violations, operating while impaired vision and aggravated unauthorized operation of a vehicle. The Prius, valued at $11,000, was taken into police custody and its keys kept.
Jose R. Costa, 51, of Tuckahoe, was arrested Jan. 21 at Post Road and Lorraine Place on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Police responded to the scene of the collision and found a car flipped on its side after hitting a utility pole and a tree. Police said the operator was intoxicated and was taken to police headquarters for processing. When firefighters arrived, they saw a pedestrian helping Costa out of his car. Firefighters stabilized the car and applied Speedy Dry to absorb fluids spilled onto the road. A crane was called. After doctors evaluated Costa, he was taken into police custody and his car impounded.
During a traffic stop on Jan. 16, police observed a white Mercedes sprinter van with an expired inspection sticker and New York commercial license plates driving directly behind it on Post Road. Police conducted a traffic stop on Boulevard and the driver, a 29-year-old New Jersey man, was driving without a valid license. They gave him some cards and sent him on his way.
During a traffic stop on Weaver Street on January 17th, police observed a person driving a red and black electric motorcycle as two people were traveling southbound. The bike had no license plate, two people were riding in a seat built for one, and neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a helmet. With emergency lights on, the officer jumped on the bike. Tickets were issued for unregistered bicycle, no driver insurance, face shield violations, helmet violations and no driver’s license, as well as a violation for riding with two people in a seat. The driver was a 31-year-old man from White Plains, his passenger a woman from White Plains. The bike, valued at $800, was seized and towed away.
On January 21, an officer patrolling Postal Road pulled over a speeding Honda. After the stop, the driver, a White Plains woman, reported having a suspended New York state license. He was ticketed for unlawful operation, driving without a license and speeding.
A Huntington Avenue caller reported Jan. 16 that children were playing in a grassy area of a playground where signs are posted to stay off the grass. Upon arrival, police informed the children’s parents that the fields were closed. The playroom moved to another area of the playground.
I’m on your lawn because…
Two separate callers contacted police on Jan. 16 about a man walking around people’s lawns and around Ardmore and Carthage roads “nonchalantly.” When police arrived, the man told police that he works for a company that delivers cars to customers whose cars have been serviced at a dealership and that he had just dropped them off at a residence in town. He said he was walking on the grass to avoid being hit by cars on the road and that a Lyft driver was waiting to pick him up, which happened shortly after.
Police responded to a clothing store on Chase Road in Harwood Court on Jan. 17 after an employee of the business reported the theft of a belt and buckle valued at $375. The employee said the item listed was stolen between January 14th and January 17th. A police report was completed. The incident is under investigation.
An East Parkway caller on Jan. 18 said the emblem was stolen from his Subaru while it was parked in the Christie Place garage. The police noticed a missing emblem and a small crack in the grill, but no lever marks. Information taken for documentation purposes only.
He said it was from Con Edison
On Jan. 18 a caller from Paddington Road said a man rang the doorbell and said he was a representative from Con Edison and needed to come into his home in about 45 minutes to do some work. He said no and left. He said he was wearing a yellow reflective vest, brown pants and a backpack. The police searched without success.
An Edgewood resident was given a courtesy ride Jan. 18 after police were seen searching his car. The woman’s speech was slurred, she couldn’t keep her balance, and she was holding a bag with many empty bottles of malt liquor in her hand. His car was located near Spencer Place and Chase Road. The police took him home.
He wanted to move his car
A Jan. 20 caller on Edgewood Road reported his wife was intoxicated and trying to move the car. When the police arrived at the scene, the wife said she wanted to drive the car into the driveway and out of the street. Her husband said she was impaired and shouldn’t be driving. While the police were there, the man moved the car and let him keep the keys. No further action was taken.
On Jan. 18, a Myrtledale Road resident reported that she was a victim of identity theft after her bank said she took some money out of her account without her permission. The bank returned the money, but the police advised him to report the incident to the Social Security Administration and to verify other financial accounts.
On Jan. 19, a Rye Brook woman reported her credit card was stolen and $2,000 was taken from her bank account at a bank on East Parkway. The formalities were done and a report was made for the bank.
A caller reported a deer “wild” on Jan. 19 in the area of Morris Lane and Heathcote Road. Police searched for the deer to no avail.
A Jan. 20 caller reported a sick raccoon in the Rectory Lane yard. Upon arrival, police said the raccoon was dead. The caller said he made contact with a trapper who was already on his way to remove the animal, and no further police assistance was needed.
A caller reported a loose dog Jan. 20 in the area of Carstensen Road and Wayside Lane. When the police arrived, the owner, who by then had the dog in his hands, said the dog had gotten loose after a rabbit.
On Jan. 19, police responded to a report of a suspicious car with two adults and a child inside parked in the driveway of a residence on Cooper Road. Police located the described car and spoke with neighbors who said they were waiting to pick up the driver’s mother, who is a home health aide, at a home on Cooper Road. The driver said the weather was bad and he accidentally parked in the wrong lane. Police said there was no problem.
Can you help my sister?
A Jan. 22 caller asked police to check on his sister whose car was disabled and parked at a church on Secor Road. When the police arrived, AAA was already on the scene puncturing a car tire. The driver was able to leave without incident and no police assistance was required.
Firefighters brought burnt food to a house on Beechwood Lane on January 27. The neighbor met the firemen at the door to explain the situation. No danger was seen and the alarm was reset. The resident did not want any assistance in ventilating the smoke condition.
On January 18th, dust from contractors working on a house on Greenacres Avenue was brought to the residence by firefighters. They found no other hazards at the site and advised the basement workers to disable the alarm while they were doing the dusty job.
A contractor accidentally damaged a water main while working near Walworth and Berkeley roads on January 18th. Crews from the Scarsdale water department responded after learning of the water situation in the area. Repairs were made.
A generator leaking gas inside a garage and two lawn mowers led firefighters to a residence on Potter Road on Jan. 18 after the resident reported an odor that smelled like gas or old varnish. No gasoline or other liquids were detected on the garage floor, just the smell. The problematic equipment was moved outside and the resident was advised to repair all equipment before storing it back inside.
On January 18, burning grease in a frying pan led firefighters to a residence on Stratton Road. The homeowner called about a furnace fire, but the furnace was not damaged and there was no smoke inside the home. The resident was informed of the cause of the condition and no further assistance was required.
One person was taken to a Scarsdale hospital by ambulance Jan. 19 after a three-car crash on northbound Hutchinson River Parkway near Weaver Street. A car was towed.
Firefighters responded to an apartment complex on Weaver Street on Jan. 19 for a report from a resident who complained of a “rotten egg” odor in their unit. Recently stained wood floors in another unit, which was under construction, were the cause of the smell. The resident of the unit that was dirtying the floor agreed to open some windows.
Three people were taken to the hospital Jan. 21 after a two-car rear-end collision on the northbound Bronx River Parkway. Firefighters blocked lanes of traffic and assisted EMS in getting people out of cars and into ambulances. The first car left the scene; the second car was towed. The district attorney also assisted at the scene.
This report on police and fire activity in Scarsdale from January 16 to January 22 was compiled from official information.