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Northwest Dutchess Trio Caught Burglarizing Barn, Police Say

Dutchess County residents Robert Mason, Jennifer Voltz and Michael Westpfal.
Dutchess County residents Robert Mason, Jennifer Voltz and Michael Westpfal. Photo Credit: New York State Police

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - A trio from Dutchess County were arrested on felony drug and larceny charges by state police in Union Vale after allegedly breaking and entering a barn unlawfully.

Following a brief investigation, New York State Police troopers arrested 42-year-old Hyde Park resident Robert Mason and Pleasant Valley residents Michael Westpfal, 53 and Jennifer Voltz, 24 on Tuesday.

According to police, on Wednesday, May 3, troopers were dispatched to a Union Vale residence, where there was a reported burglary. Police said that the homeowner reported to responding troopers that someone had forcibly entered a barn on his property, stealing laundry detergent and motor vehicle supplies.

Surveillance video in the area would later show that the three suspects had been on the property, breaking in, the day before, on Tuesday.

Later that day, at approximately 5 p.m. on May 3, a second emergency call was placed to Dutchess County 911 after the homeowner spotted one of the suspect’s blue Dodge pick-up truck that had returned to his property and was in the process of stealing more items.

Police said that when the suspects spotted the homeowner observing them, they fled the scene, heading westbound on Camby Road. Despite a multi-agency search, neither state police nor members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office were able to track down the truck or suspects.

Over the following weekend, state police were called to a residence in the Town of LaGrange, where there was another reported larceny, where a weedwhacker had been delivered to a home but the package was never received. According to police, an investigation into that larceny determined that a blue Dodge, occupied by Mason and Voltz, had been in the victim’s driveway the day the tool was to be delivered, and the latter stole the item.

Following a detailed investigation, police said that they were able to identify Westpfal, Mason and Voltz as suspects for the daytime thefts.

Mason was charged with two felony counts of third-degree burglary and grand larceny, as well as petit larceny, a misdemeanor. He was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. Westpfal was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony. He was remanded without bail.

Voltz was charged with two counts of burglary, petit larceny, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. She was allegedly in possession of heroin and crack at the time of her arrest. Voltz was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $35,000 cash bail or $70,000 bond.

All three suspects are due back in the Town of Union Vale Court later this year.

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