Police: Two Women Stole From Multiple Putnam County Hikers
Two women are accused of stealing from a number of hikers in the Hudson Valley.
On Friday, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests of two women from Dutchess County after an investigation into a string of larcenies in the Towns of Philipstown, Putnam Valley and Kent.
During the past three weeks, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department along with the New York State Park Police received several complaints from hikers who reported someone rummaged through their parked cars and stole items from their cars as they hiked.
The property reported stolen consisted of loose change, pocketbooks and wallets containing credit cards, money and IDs, police say.
The thefts took place in the Town of Philipstown along the Route 9D corridor from Sandy Beach to Stony Point to Breakneck Mountain and in the area of Route 301 through Fahnestock State Park in the Towns of Philipstown, Putnam Valley and Kent, officials say.
The stolen credit cards were used for unauthorized purchases made at businesses in Dutchess, Orange and Westchester Counties and in Danbury, C.T., according to police.
With the help of security footage, police were able to develop two female suspects.
On Wednesday, police noticed what was believed to be the suspect vehicle parked in a parking area of Canopus Lake in the Town of Putnam Valley.
When the woman returned to the car they were arrested. Megan M. Gonzalez, 25, and Kimberly B. Greer, 24, both of Fishkill, were both charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, felonies. Both were released without bail pending court appearances in multiple jurisdictions.