Police Beat – Sleepy Hollow: Homeowner Scares Away Potential Burglar

A summary of incidents in Sleepy Hollow from June 22 to June 29, 2012


The following information was supplied by the .


Push and Grab

A woman came into police headquarters on June 22 at 10:15 p.m. to report that an intoxicated male had pushed an unknown man on Cortlandt Street and grabbed her as he was walking by. Police interviewed the victim and arrested a man at 11:19 that night.


Suspicous Baggy

A North Washington Street caller said he found a small clear plastic bag possibly used for drugs near her residence. She had been told in the past to call the police department every time she finds such things so that it gets logged by Lieutenant Frank Hrotko. An officer was sent to collect the baggy and dispose of it properly.


Unconscious or Asleep?

Someone came into headquarters the morning of June 23 at 9:53 to report there was a man lying down on the steps near the playground of the who did not appear to be breathing. Police confirmed that man was okay; he was just sleeping and was sent on his way.


Possible Burglary Thwarted

A Pierson Avenue resident reported on June 23 at 3:30 p.m. that he saw a black male, muscular build, wearing a black t-shirt enter the rear of his neighbor's home. Then the male reportedly left the home on a bicycle heading south down Route 9. Units were sent to check location; county aviation was called in to survey area from above. Tarrytown PD were notified. The police sergeant went to the Getty station to review surveillance video that would possibly show the suspect riding by. But finally, the neighbor whose home was threatened said that the suspect never made entry because he scared him away. The male, he said, had fled on a dark colored mountain bike. 


Quality of Life vs. Loud Music

A Valley Street caller complained on June 24 at 8:02 p.m. of a dark colored vehicle with loud music playing parked on the street. Police located the car and a group gathered around it. The music was turned down and five people were issued “quality of life” summonses. Group was dispersed.


Cyclist Death

The blotter entry on the night of June 25 starting with a 911 call at 11:11 p.m. reveals a few more details about the . State Police made the emergency call to SHPD to report the bicycle vs. car accident at Millard Avenue at Route 9. Ambulance and medic were dispatched to the scene along with four police units. The ambulance reported an expedited response to Westchester Medical Center. But the medic soon alerted SHPD that Zhihzpon was declared dead on arrival, at 11:40 p.m. The driver's vehicle was impounded for investigation, which Lieutenant Frank Hrotko reports is ongoing with the help of the Ossining Accident Investigation division; no charges have been issued to the driver.

Zhizhpon was memorialized Monday in a service at church on Beekman Avenue. According to a report on News Channel 12, he will be buried in his native country of Ecuador.


Late Night Teens Rolling

A Tappan Avenue caller stated at 1:35 a.m. on June 27 that four or five youths were making noise, lying in the street and rolling down the hill near her home. Police were unable to respond right away because they were on another call near the 100 College Avenue apartments. The woman called back in 10 minutes saying they were rolling down the hill and appeared to be very high and in altered mental states. At 1:52 a.m., police on the scene spoke with four youths who said they were sitting and talking, and did not appear to police to be high or intoxicated. The kids, age 13, were sent on their way.


Gas Leak, Forced Entry and Easy Access

On June 27 at 10:26 a.m., County Control contacted the SHPD to assist Con Edison with a gas leak investigation on Riverside Drive. Con Edison said they might need access to about 10 homes. An odor of gas was detected in multiple manholes. Forced entry by police was made into one residence on Riverside Drive. Police were able to enter a Hunter Avenue home through a window which was closed upon exiting. At another Hunter Avenue home, police reported the door was unlocked and $120 was resting on a counter by the front door. Per the request of Con Edison, Hunter Avenue was shut down from Riverside to Monroe Avenue. At 11:55 a.m., Con Edison had reported that they found nothing in the homes and they would continue to try to locate the leak from outside. Con Edison would advise homeowners of their entry into several homes.


Lead Paint Dust Heading to Playground

A caller reported on June 28 at 2:35 p.m. that someone on Andrews Lane was grinding lead paint opposite the old ambulance building and that dust was traveling toward . Caller stated he had also contacted the health department. The building department's Martin Gotte advised the homeowner to cease work, get a permit, and have the paint checked for lead.


Note: Police Beat is in no way a complete summary of all Sleepy Hollow Police activities and responses during the listed dates.

Wonderboy July 04, 2012 at 08:51 PM
"Quality of life" summonses? That is funny, why don't they get balloons and candy. What ever happened to good ole disturbing the peace and loitering.
Craig Kelly July 06, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Wonderboy- There is no such law as "disturbing the peace" and specific criteria must be met in order for the violation of "loitering" to have been committed. The Police Officers acted properly in their handling of the situation. Look up loitering: NYS Penal Law 240.35


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something