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Police: Peekskill Beer Bandit Caught In Taxi Getaway

Robert Patterson, 36, of Peekskill was charged in three thefts of cases of beer. Photo Credit: Peekskill Police Department
Judy Haynes, 61, of Peekskill was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said she had cocaine. Photo Credit: Peekskill Police Department
Shirley Burkett, 44, of Peekskill was charged with criminal trespassing. Police said she was on Peekskill Housing Authority property, from which she is banned. Photo Credit: Peekskill Police Department

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A man wanted for shoplifting large amounts of beer at two city stores was caught Sunday while attempting a third heist, Peekskill police said.

Robert Patterson 36, of Peekskill was charged with three counts of petty larceny, a misdemeanor. He was arrested about 6 p.m. at the Stop & Shop grocery store on Main Street by Police Officer John Marchioni and Detective Ralph D'Aliso.

Officers responded to Stop & Shop on a report of the theft of eight cases of beer. A taxi was stopped exiting the parking lot, and Patterson was arrested without incident, police said. The stolen beer was recovered in the taxi. Patterson was also charged in two prior thefts of cases of beer this month, one from the same Stop & Shop and another at the Peekskill CVS.

Peekskill police released camera footage from one of the earlier thefts in the hopes that the public could help catch the thief. After his arrest, police said the man in the video was, in fact, Patterson. He was held for arraignment in City Court.

The following item also was reported by Peekskill police:

Three Women Arrested: On Jan. 21 at 2:10 a.m., Police Officer Michael Agovino saw a car on Peekskill Housing Authority property with a passenger, Shirley Burkett, who is on the authority's ban list prohibiting her from being on the property, police said. Agovino stopped the car on Washington Street, and a license check revealed that the driver, Glynis Jordan, 55, had a suspended license. A second passenger, Judy Haynes, 61, was found to be in possession of cocaine, police said. Haynes was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; Burkett, 44, was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor; and Jordan was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. All three are Peekskill residents. Jordan was released on bail, and Burkett and Haynes were held for arraignment.

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