Unusual Suspects: Gambling Ring Bust; Andy Warhol and Joseph Pulitzer

Recent strange and unusual crime in the Hudson Valley. Arrests do not indicate convictions.

One-hundred Rockland County police officers worked to uncover an illegal gambling ring known as "Dominican Lottery" that operated out of 18 businesses, including mom-and-pop stores. Called "Operation Big Splash," the bust netted more than $130,000 in cash and 32 arrests. Police described the lottery game as akin to New York's Pick 3 Lottery; players could win up to $600 with a $1 investment.

A Port Chester man was first arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection placed in favor of his girlfriend, a Mount Kisco resident. After initially being released on his own recognizance, a later court date that set bail at $5,000 apparently provoked the man to fight when two officers tried to take him into custody. The officers reported wrist injuries. 

A Danbury, CT man allegedly transporting seven bundles--10 small envelopes--of heroin told police he was trying to "make a few bucks" off the drugs when he was caught at a traffic stop near I-684 and the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison. 

In 2011 Patrick Kilduff of New City was accused of using Wally's Ice Cream Parlour--across the street from an elementary school--to manufacture and sell crack cocaine. In February he was arrested twice within 24 hours hours in the village. Police said they discovered crack cocaine on the front seat of Kilduff's car when they stopped him for a traffic violation. When Kilduff attempted to retrieve his car from the impound lot, police discovered New York State Police had a warrant out for his arrest. As he was being arrested, police discovered he had oxycontin pills, and Kilduff was charged with another count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

James Biear will serve 10 years in prison for stealing $3.2 million and an Andy Warhol silkscreen from his former employer, Kenward Elmslie, grandson of media mogul Joseph Pulitzer.

A Dobbs Ferry resident reported a pair of eyeglass frames and jewelry stolen. The frames were worth approximately $400 and there is no value yet on the jewelry. 


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