4 Dutchess teens jailed in burglary

Four Dutchess County teenagers are in the county jail after an early Sunday burglary in the Village of Tivoli, State Police said Monday.

At about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police, the four broke in to a home in Tivoli armed with a camouflage-colored handgun and a stun baton. The suspects gathered the victims together, forcing them to turn over unidentified valuables, police said. Neither the number of victims nor their identities were released.

The suspects then looted the home, removing additional items, including a game console, two computers, a portable media player, two air rifles, a phone and an unspecified quantity of marijuana, police said in a statement.


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The residents were released unharmed, police said. After a brief investigation, State Police at Rhinebeck, with the assistance of the Village of Red Hook Police Department, located and arrested the suspects without incident. Several pieces of the stolen property were recovered, police said.

Charged with felony first-degree robbery were Andrew J. Graffia, 19, of Red Hook; Joseph R. Pasqualina, 17, of Red Hook; Justin T. Small, 19, of Red Hook; and Cameron R. Tondini, 18, of Tivoli. Additional charges are pending, police said.

The four were arraigned in Tivoli Village Court before Justice Howard Clark and sent to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. Information on their legal representation was not available Monday afternoon.

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