2012-01-04 / Front Page / Police Blotter

$25K in jewelry stolen in Continental Village

Accused had been a houseguest at the home
Eric Gross

A Shrub Oak man is facing a state prison term for allegedly stealing $25,000 worth of jewelry from a Continental Village residence.

The Putnam Sheriff's Department reported the arrest Friday of Nicholas DeLeon, 19, in connection with the theft.

Chief Sheriff's Investigator Gerald Schramek said investigators charged the northern Westchester man with grand larceny after an inquiry revealed that DeLeon had been a house guest at the residence during the long holiday weekend whose homeowner reported several pieces of jewelry had been stolen from her bedroom.

Schramek said Investigators Thomas Corless and Robert Tichy conducted interviews and "within 48 hours learned that DeLeon had taken the jewelry and sold it to a Westchester gold and silver vendor."

After recovering the precious gems, police learned that DeLeon had fled to upstate Greene County where he was taken into custody at a friend's house with the assistance of State Police and members of the Greene County Sheriff's Department.

DeLeon was returned to Carmel for booking before being arraigned in Philipstown before Judge Steven Tomann. The young man was sent to the Putnam Correctional Facility on $100,000 bond.


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