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Police: Man Charged for Posing as Hastings DPW

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Hastings Police arrested a 54-year-old man and charged him with various crimes after he allegedly was posing as a DPW worker and going to several local homes requesting money on Tuesday morning.

Police arrested former Yonkers resident Paul Minieri Tuesday morning and charged him with three counts of criminal impersonation in the second-degree, three counts of fraudulent accosting, one count of petit larceny and one count of criminal trespass in the second-degree, all class A misdemeanors. Police said that they responded to a call from a resident of Farragut Ave around 10:20 a.m. reporting that a man was posing as a local DPW worker and was requesting money for a relative who had been involved in an accident.

Police searched the area and reported a suspect matching a description on Clunie Avenue.

“Officers further reported that upon seeing the police vehicle, the suspect fled eastbound towards Nepera Place and across both lanes of the Saw Mill River Parkway and east towards Saw Mill River Rd,” the Hastings Police Department said in a press release.

Detectives searched the area for signs of burglary and located a resident on Clunie Avenue who said the suspect had been to their home and that they had given him approximately $50.

Greenburgh police and Yonkers police were called in for assistance and at about 10:50 a.m. the suspect was located in a yard on Donald Drive hiding behind a pool. The suspect was positively identified by the resident of Clunie Avenue and placed under arrest.

“Further investigation revealed that this same suspect was charged in Hastings in 1999 for similar incidents that took place in 1998,” police said in the press release.

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