Two city of Poughkeepsie residents are facing larceny charges after allegedly stealing two $800 steel ramps Friday afternoon from the grounds of a mental health facility, police said Monday.
Hyde Park police said they were called to the area of Ross Circle at 3:09 p.m. for a report of a theft in progress at the Rockland Psychiatric Center's Poughkeepsie campus. Officers for the state Office of Mental Health were watching video cameras of the grounds and saw two people trespassing, police said. They confronted the two as they were leaving the grounds with the ramps, taken from the loading docks at the facility, police said.
Hyde Park police arrived and arrested Michael S. Herrington, 28, and Jeanette Calabrese, 23. Both were charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and trespass, a violation.
Herrington and Calabrese were arraigned before town Justice David Steinberg on Friday. Herrington was sent to Dutchess County jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is to appear again in Hyde Park Town Court on Thursday. Herrington also had active bench warrants outstanding, by the city of Poughkeepsie for possession of a controlled substance and by the town of Lloyd for petty larceny, police said.
The phone was not immediately answered midday Tuesday at the Dutchess County Public Defender's Office, which court officials said is representing Herrington.
Calabrese was released on her own recognizance and is to reappear in town court on Thursday. She could not be reached Tuesday and no information on her legal representation was available.