CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Croton police said a Silver Lake employee reported a patron attempting to enter the park with what the employee suspected was a counterfeit $20 bill. The Silver Lake employee refused to accept the cash, and the patron paid with other cash.
When patrols arrived, police said they determined the $20 bill was counterfeit and confiscated it. Police said they did not believe the patron entering Silver Lake Park created the bill, and no one was charged in the incident. Police said the matter is being investigated. Police said they are aware of counterfeit $100 bills being distributed to CVS stores throughout Westchester County with an incident being reported on the Fourth of July.
Village Ordinance Violation: Croton police said they received several phone calls about non-residents swimming in the Croton River, near Mayo's Landing, and starting fires on the side of the river opposite Croton. Police said around noon on the Fourth of July, 14, non-resident swimmers were ejected from the area.
Larceny: Croton police said a caller reported seeing a man riding a bicycle that was reported stolen last week. Police said the man was arrested while heading toward Benedict Boulevard, and he was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property. Carl Embola, 21, was sent to Westchester County Jail pending $100 bail. The incident was reported just before 5 p.m. Monday.
Larceny: Croton police said a Benedict Boulevard resident reported two air conditioning compressors stolen from her property. The incident was reported just before 9 a.m. Saturday.
Larceny: Croton police said a resident reported the wood sign usually displayed on the fence of the Croton Community Garden, 130 Truesdale Drive, was stolen sometime overnight. The incident was reported at 11:22 a.m. July 4.
Dog Bite: Croton police said a mail carrier was bitten twice by a dog that appeared to be a Jack Russell terrier while attempting to deliver a package to 105 N. Riverside Ave., Croton. Police said the dog's owner was contacted, and the owner said the dog's shots were up-to-date. The Department of Health was notified, and police said the dog is being quarantined for seven days. The incident was reported just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Phone Scam: Croton police said a resident reported several suspicious phone calls after his financial adviser called to check that he still was alive. The financial adviser was contacted more than once by a person saying the resident had died and his assets should be transferred to another account. The financial adviser did not transfer any money, and the caller was referred to the Mount Pleasant Police Department because of the location of the financial adviser. The incident was reported at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Abandoned Dog: Croton police said a dog was found chained to a post near the Echo Canoe Launch in Croton with a bowl of food and a bowl of water. Police said the dog appeared to be a Chow Chow mix, and it was taken to the ASPCA after being lodged in the police garage overnight because of the Fourth of July holiday. The incident took place at 10 a.m. July 4. Anyone with information regarding the abandoned dog should contact Croton police at 914-271-5177.
Raccoon in Dumpster: Croton police said a Riverside Avenue resident reported a sick raccoon in a dumpster. Police said upon arrival the animal did not appear to be sick, but may have been stuck in the dumpster. Police put a board in the dumpster to aid the animal's escape. The incident was reported just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.