Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Putnam: Man charged in bank robbery, burglaries

A North Carolina man with ties to Putnam County has been arrested here for a bank robbery, the attempted robbery of a supermarket and two home burglaries, the sheriff's department said.

Kenneth DeFreitas, 29, also allegedly tried to grab the gun of an investigator while in custody, and is wanted in his home state on a on a parole violation.

According to a news release from the Putnam sheriff, DeFreitas' crime spree unfolded over the past two months. The home burglaries were both in Putnam Lake, where he had formerly lived, while the supermarket was the A&P store in Southeast. The bank robbery took place at the Putnam County National Bank in Carmel.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for DeFreitas, of Wilmington, North Carolina, in connection with the bank robbery and put out a nationwide bulletin about the case, the sheriff said. He was taken into custody July 3 in the Bronx and brought back to Putnam, where he was arraigned on the bank robbery charge, two counts of burglary and one count of attempted robbery.