It happened with such regularity, ruling out mishandling or a miscount of some kind. Each morning the big tub of fresh doughnuts was waiting on the sidewalk as the lights went on in the Bedford Hills Deli at 7 Babbitt Road. And each morning the doughnuts were missing—not all of them, just a box, but enough to prompt a call to the Bedford police.
So, they staked out the deli and the doughnut tub that always slipped into town in the overnight darkness. And, as they tell it, Eduardo Archinti, who lives a half-mile away at 148 Babbitt Road, drove up on July 14. It was 2:40 in the morning.
Archinti, 29, got out of as his car, helped himself to a box of the fresh-baked goods, authorities said, and was already back behind the wheel when police pounced. He was charged with five counts of petty larceny after admitting, police said, to pinching pastries four earlier times, starting June 10.
Archinti was scheduled to appear in the Bedford Justice Court July 21.
Technology snares Harris Road driver
A Putnam Valley woman was charged with driving without a license and registration July 14 after a police car’s mobile technology sounded an alert that both had been suspended.
Anne Spoonhour, 64, was driving east on Harris Road shortly before 8 a.m. when a specially equipped Bedford patrol car automatically read her license plate, compared it in milliseconds with a state list of motor-vehicle suspensions and squawked an audible tone to the police officer. The automatic license-plate readers, or LPRs, also respond in real-time to criminal complaints like amber alerts and stolen-car alarms.
Spoonhour is scheduled to appear July 28 in town court to answer misdemeanor charges of third-degree unlicensed operation and driving with a suspended license. Both had been suspended, police said, for lack of auto liability insurance.
Tinted windows take down driver
Luis Dossantos of Bedford Hills was charged with driving on a suspended license July 15 after police deemed his tinted windows too dark.
Dossantos , 42, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation after police pulled him over on the window beef at about 9:30 p.m. on Bedford Road near Harris Road. By law, a tinted window must allow at least 70 percent of the light from the outside to pass through, making a driver visible.
Released in his own custody, Dossantos has an Aug. 4 date in town court.
DWI charged on Cherry Street
A Katonah man was arrested as an unlicensed drunk driver July 16 after bouncing off a curb at dawn and dragging his tailgate for almost a mile.
Police gave this account: Herling Sanchez, 25, of 6 Primrose St. was seen driving north on the shoulder of Bedford Road in Bedford Hills. With police in pursuit, he turned left into Cherry Street and hit a curb, loosening his tailgate, police said, then continued north, nearing Huntville Road, before he was stopped.
In response to a question, police said, Sanchez told them he had been “drinking a lot.” He flunked a field sobriety test, police said, and later blew a .22 percent—almost three times the .08 drunk-driving threshold—on a Breathalyzer test administered at police headquarters.
Facing charges of driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, an E felony, Sanchez posted bail of $400 for a town hall appearance July 21.