Putnam Lake Brothers Accused of Being 'Grinches'
Two brothers from Putnam Lake face larceny and conspiracy charges when appearing in Patterson Town Court for allegedly stealing holiday money gifts left out by homeowners for sanitation workers.
Gustavo Castillo, 29 and his 25-year-old brother Matthew, were arrested this week by the Sheriff's Department after a 911 call was received at 4 a.m. reporting suspicious activity on Newport Road in Putnam Lake.
Captain William McNamara said a caller reported two men in a white pick-up truck were observed rifling through garbage cans placed along the curb: “Deputies Fred Mark and Edward Kennedy located the vehicle a short time later and found a cache of money and checks within the suspect's vehicle together with Christmas cards and envelopes addressed to sanitation workers.”
Police determined that a number of residents had left cards and money out with their trash for pickup by the sanitation workers but the brothers allegedly took the cards for themselves before the workers made their trash collection rounds.
McNamara said an investigation linked the two men to similar thefts in greater Brewster and neighboring New Fairfield, Ct.
The brothers were arraigned by Patterson Justice Anthony Mole and remanded to the Putnam Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bond each.