SHRUB OAK, N.Y. - Two Putnam County men, including a Mahopac resident, have been accused of causing about $28,000 in damage at the Shrub Oak Memorial Park pool and were charged with felony criminal mischief, according to the Yorktown Police Department.
Police said they pulled over Jarod Sangalli, 19, at 10:25 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, for an alleged traffic violation. During the stop, Officer James Hannigan recognized Sangalli as a suspect in the Sept. 6 arson at the park, in which he is accused of starting a fire that caused extensive damage to the pool area and the equipment. Sangalli graduated from Lakeland High School in 2017.
Hannigan called Det. Brian Shanahan to the scene and Sangalli was arrested.
A second suspect, 20-year-old Brandon Gonzalez, of Kings Ridge Road, Mahopac, was pulled over by Carmel police around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, on Baldwin Place Road in Mahopac. Carmel police contacted Yorktown police, who placed Gonzalez under arrest.
Both men were charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony; fifth-degree arson, a Class A misdemeanor; and third-degree criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor.
Todd Orlowski, superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department, said plastic lounge chairs, umbrellas and other equipment were placed in a garbage can and set on fire. The fire spread and damaged the concrete pool deck and the drainage system that ran alongside it. Also destroyed were lap lanes and the lap lane reel, which the swimming teams use, Orlowski said.
Replacing the equipment and repairing the damage, ballparked by Orlowski to be about $28,000, will be paid for through insurance, Orlowski said, though it did create headaches for his department.
“We had to do a lot of legwork to get the equipment,” Orlowski said. “It was a substantial amount of damage.”
Yorktown Town Justice Gary Raniolo set bail for Sangalli at $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash, and he was remanded to Westchester County Jail before posting bail. He was due back in Yorktown Justice Court on Thursday, Jan. 3.
Gonzalez was arraigned by Yorktown Town Justice Sal Lagonia and was released without bail. He was due back in court on Jan. 8.