Two men from Long Island have been arrested in connection with a break-in at the Cornucopia Deli in Red Hook the night after Christmas. They have also being charged with a break-in at a daycare center and the Page Home Center in LaGrange hours later.
Arrested were , 26, of Central Islip, and , 31, of Massapequa. Both were charged with felony burglary and are currently being held at the Dutchess County Jail.
According to a Red Hook police report, officers responded to a report of a night burglary in progress at the deli, located in Upper Red Hook on Route 9, on Dec. 26. At approximately 10:15pm, one man damaged the outside power supply to the establishment by striking it with a sledge hammer, the report said. Two men then entered the business and took an unknown amount of cash before fleeing.
A few hours later, at 12:45am, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglar alarm at the Page Home Center at 1387 Route 55, in the Town of LaGrange.
According to a sheriff’s report, the deputies who responded noticed a vehicle leaving the Page parking lot at a high rate of speed. They attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped west on Route 55, and at Stringham Road, two male occupants of the car fled on foot, the report said.
Additional deputies and a K-9 unit were dispatched, and the suspects were located after a search and taken into custody at separate sites.
Investigation revealed that at the Home Center, the suspects allegedly broke into the building and stole cash, which was recovered. During the search, the sheriff’s report said, the two suspects split up and one broke into a daycare center and stole a vehicle, which he was found in when he was arrested.
In addition, after interviewing both suspects at the Sheriff’s Office in Poughkeepsie, the Red Hook police were able to connect the two men to the Cornucopia burglary.
According to the Sheriff’s report, was charged with third-degree felony burglary and criminal mischief as well as fourth-degree felony grand larceny and third-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. was charged with third-degree felony burglary and unlawfully fleeing a police officer, a misdemeanor. Further charges may be added, the report said.