Hastings Police Beat August 18 – 25: 15 Vehicles Ransacked in 1 Night, Suspects Apprehended; Men Arrested in Attempted Grand Larceny

A look at some of the incidents investigated by the Hastings-on-Hudson Police from August 18 – August 25.

August 19

Graffiti at Zinsser Field

8:45 a.m. A Parks & Recreation employee discovered graffiti on the side of the bathroom building at Zinsser Field. The incident occurred between 3:30 p.m. on August 18 and 8:45 a.m. on August 19. Unknown persons sprayed a symbol resembling two four's in red and black ink. The graffiti will be covered by the D.P.W.

August 21

Lost Cat Returned

5:00 p.m. A resident of Circle Drive reported a lost male cat with long, reddish fur. The owner's names were listed on the cat's collar. Twenty minutes later, the cat returned on its own.

August 23

15 Vehicle Break-Ins in One Night

On the night of August 22, two residents of Mt. Hope Boulevard, five residents of Stanley Avenue, three residents of Kent Avenue, one on South Clinton, three on South Gate, and one on Broadway, all had their vehicles broken into and most had their GPS's stolen. Access was gained through unlocked doors in all instances. The suspects were apprehended by Ardsley Police; where they were thought to be hiding out.

August 24

Stolen Ovens

8:34 a.m. A 60-year-old resident of Euclid Avenue reported two cast-iron porcelain French Dutch ovens stolen. One was a round, blue, five and a half quart oven, valued at $335. The other is a white nine and a half quart oven valued at $470. The incident occurred on August 20. They were both located outside the home.

Men Arrested For Attempted Water Pipe Theft

10:59 a.m. Two men were seen attempting to steal a United Water Meter Neptune NSF61, from 1 River Street, off the riverfront. The long cast iron pipe is worth well over 1K. The area caretaker saw them and yelled out. They dropped the pipe and sped off in a red van. The caretaker provided police the exact license plate number and a description. The 1998 Ford Econline was pulled over on Ravensdale Road near the bridge. While stopped, the passenger jumped out of the van. He crossed the Saw Mill River Parkway. At that point, Hastings put an assistance call through the hotline. Westchester County and their K-9 Unit, Greenburgh, and Ardsley Police offered their assistance. The suspect that had fled, passenger Paul Maniscalco, a 48-year-old Yonkers resident, was found by a Hastings Police Officer on the trailway off the Saw Mill. Jacob Bernstein of Parsons Street, Yonkers was the driver. Maniscalco was charged with: Attempted Grand Larceny of the fourth degree, Obstruction of Government Administration, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, and Disorderly Conduct. Bernstein received the same charges except for Obstruction of Government Administration and Disorderly Conduct. Unidentified pills were found in the van and are currently being tested. $500 bail was set on each and they returned to court on the evening of August 25.

"The officers all did an outstanding job," Lieutenant Dosin said of the police work leading up to the arrest.

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


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