A Stony Point man suspected in a series of burglaries in his hometown is being held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility today after investigators followed him to a South Mountain Road home in New City, where police say he was caught burglarizing the house.
Police said the arrest of James Schupner, 44, of Stony Point on Wednesday was the result of an investigation that started in Stony Point and included the assistance of Clarkstown police and members of the Rockland County Intelligence Task Force.
“Old fashion police work, coupled with new technology, with the assistance of the Rockland County Intelligence Unit, led the Stony Point Police Detective Bureau to … a person of interest,” said Stony Point Police Lt. Keith Williams.
Williams said Stony Point experienced a series of residential burglaries in April, which prompted an investigation that pointed to Schupner. Williams said a surveillance operation was conducted by the Stony Point Police Detective Bureau with the assistance of the Rockland County Intelligence Unit and the Clarkstown Police Department.
Clarkstown Sgt. Harry Baumann said that on Wednesday Schupner was followed to a home on South Mountain Road in northern New City, where Schupner drove into the driveway of the home and knocked on the front door.
Baumann said that when no one answered the knock, Schupner entered the home and was seen a short time later leaving the house with items taken from the burglary. Schupner was immediately arrest, Baumann said.
The stolen items included silver candle holders and gold medallions, according to police reports. Baumann said detectives are investigating whether Schupner may be linked with other burglaries that have taken place in Clarkstown.
Schupner was taken to Clarkstown Police Headquarters in New City and arraigned before Judge Howard Gerber, who ordered held at the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City pending a hearing on May 31. Schupner, who police said has a prior felony conviction, is charged with second-degree burglary for the South Mountain Road incident and for four burglaries in Stony Point, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.