Peekskill police believe that a 22-year-old homeless man has been entering local delis and gas stations in recent weeks and burglarizing, or attempting to burglarize the businesses. The police have now caught the suspect, Keith Dillon, after he broke into the at 529 Highland Ave. on Feb. 29 around 2:55 a.m. Dillon has been charged with three counts of third degree burglary, felonies, and two counts of third degree attempted burglary, felonies.
Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Getty station on Feb. 29 and found a witness to an attempted break in there. The witness provided a description and told police which direction the suspect had gone.
Officers Mary Greenan and Sue Bielomyza, who were working Anti-Crime Patrol, encountered a subject fitting the description given by the witness walking on Paulding Street approximately five minutes after the attempted break in.
Peekskill Detective John Bennett conducted an investigation and charged Dillon with attempted burglary of the Getty station. Dillon was also charged with three counts of burglary and an additional count of attempted burglary for four other incidents that have occurred over the past month.
Dillon, who reports that he is homeless, is alleged to have broke into the following businesses when they were closed: the Stop and Go Deli on two occasions, , and the Highland Mini-Market. Dillon was held for arraignment in Peekskill City Court without bail.