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Unusual Suspects: Cupcake Frosting Ruse; Beach House Rental Scam; Endangered Kids

Recent weird and unusual crime in the Hudson Valley. Reports do not indicate a conviction.

Katonah Woman a Victim of Money-Wiring Scam

A Katonah woman interested in renting her Southhold, Long Island property was scammed out of $2,000 by a supposed renter. The scammer sent the woman a check for $3,800, which was $2,600 more than the rental price, and asked to be wired the "extra" $2,000. Upon the second request to wire the remaining "overage" of $600, the woman was advised to contact the police. 

A person posing as a Sweetooth Katonah customer allegedly distracted an employee and stole $100 in cash and an iPhone. The customer ordered a red velvet cupcake and requested more frosting, at which point the employee went to the back of the shop. When the employee returned, the register was open, $100 was missing, and the employee's iPhone was gone. 

Police: Woman Charged with Strangling Family Member

New York State Police reported that a woman, 48, was arrested for strangling a family member with a belt. The incident occurred during a domestic dispute. 

Indian Point Energy Center Employee Charged with Grand Larceny

A Tarrytown man employed by Indian Point Energy Center was arrested and charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing scrap metal and equipment from the plant. The arrest was the result of an investigation into a series of thefts believed to have occurred between July and December 2012. The stolen goods are believed to be valued at over $50,000.   

Suspended Corrections Officer's Orangeburg Residence Searched

The home of a suspended Rockland County Sheriff's Corrections Officer was searched by a SWAT team. A bomb squad was also brought in to determine if it was safe for police to open a safe in the home. Items including rifles were taken into custody. The officer has not been charged as of yet. 

Police charged a Brewster woman, 28, with two misdemeanor charges after police found her asleep and on drugs while young children were in the residence. Police responded to reports pf drug activity and found the woman asleep and in possession of controlled substances. 

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