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Police Charge Man in Two Mahopac Burglaries

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Carmel police have arrested and charged a man with the burglary of two Mahopac businesses that took place in March.

Carmel police arrested John Disclafani, 45, of Carmel for allegedly breaking into J.P. Cunningham’s on East Lake Boulevard and Benvenuto Pizza on Secor Road on the nights of March 6 and 7.

Police Chief Mike Cazzari said that for over a month, his department’s Detective’s Division conducted an extensive investigation into a commercial burglary pattern he says revealed Disclafani as a suspect. Disclanfani was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, as well as petit larceny, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned and then sent to the Putnam County Correctional Facility with no bail.

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Carmel Police Detective Mike Sheil said there were three other attempted commercial burglaries that took place in the Town of Carmel during the same period along with the two break-ins Disclafani was charged with, as well as one in another jurisdiction. 

“We also had several vehicle break-ins in the area of those burglaries that night, and throughout the month prior, and we are still investigating all the other incidents. I can’t comment on the possible links or pattern between them at this time,” Sheil said. “All we can state is that investigation is ongoing into any links between the other attempted commercial burglaries and larcenies in the Town of Carmel and surrounding area.

“During the course of the investigation, the Carmel Police Department Detective Division was able to secure evidence and later was able to connect several links that led to developing a primary suspect early on in the investigation and that eventually led to the arrest,” the detective added. “We can’t elaborate further due to pending investigations.”      

Sheil said only cash was stolen from the businesses, but would not disclose the amount. However, to be charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, the value of the property stolen must exceed $1,000.

Sheil said he couldn’t speculate on the motive behind the burglaries, but would update Mahopac News as the investigation moves forward.

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