Videotaped crook busted in Phoencia Legion heist

By Jay Braman Jr.
Thanks to recently installed video surveillance cameras, the man who allegedly broke into the American Legion Hall in Phoenicia on Saturday night is now behind bars in the Ulster County Jail.
New York State Police in Kingston have announced the arrest of Daniel P. Tuohy, 45, of Lagrangeville for third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, DWI, and numerous traffic offenses.

On Saturday police responded to a burglary alarm at the American Legion Post 950, located at 1045 Old Route 28 in the Town of Shandaken.

According to Legion Post Treasurer Robert Downy, the incident was caught on cameras that were installed after a break in occurred at the hall few months ago.
The video allegedly shows Tuohy’s truck pull up in front of the Legion Hall and the perpetrator putting on a pair of gloves and then breaking a window to gain entry.
Stolen that evening was a large and heavy lottery ticket machine. Video also shows the device being loaded onto the truck.

Downy said the machine, valued at over $4,000, was recovered and remains with police as evidence.
Shandaken Police Officers, who were first at the scene, determined that a burglary had occurred and a description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast to responding patrols. 

State troopers attempted to stop a vehicle fitting the description of the suspect vehicle on Route 28 but the suspect failed to stop and a car chase began. Downy said the pursuit continued eastbound on Route 28 where police had placed road spikes designed to disable the vehicle. The suspect reportedly ran over the spikes but kept driving for several miles on flat tires before striking a tree in the City of Kingston where Tuohy was taken into custody.

Tuohy was arraigned in the Town of Hurley Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail without bail. 

State police were also assisted by the City of Kingston Police Department, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Ulster Police Department.