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Cochecton man charged in Smallwood burglary


March 6, 2012

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has made another arrest in its continuing investigation of wide spread burglaries within the county. On Monday night, February 27, 2011 at about 8:00 PM, an alert neighbor called 911 to report a suspicious gold color Ford Ranger pickup truck backed up to a residence at 26 Adirondack Trail in Smallwood.

The truck fled the scene shortly before deputies arrived but the caller was able to give a description of a male suspect and the license plate of the vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies transmitted a county wide alert and a short time later, a state trooper spotted the vehicle parked in front of a residence at 38 Cochecton Road in Cochecton. The investigation at the scene uncovered a television that had been stolen from the Smallwood residence.

Deputies arrested Tyler W. Hennig, age 25, of Cochecton and charged him with Felony Burglary, Felony Criminal Mischief, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and Possession of Burglary Tools. Henning is also believed to have committed three separate burglaries at the Cochecton Mills in the fall, and another burglary at the Dime Savings Bank in Damascus, PA on February 16th.

The Sheriff’s Office is working with both the NY and PA State Police on those burglaries. Sheriff Mike Schiff asked county residents to remain vigilant. “We like to use the counter-terrorism slogan”, he said. “If you see something, say something. That is what made the difference in this case”. Hennig was arraigned before Town Justice Perry Meltzer and sent to the Sullivan County Jail without bail. The investigation is continuing.