The Warwick Police Department received two complaints of burglaries on Tues., May 2 that occurred sometime during that day. One was reported by a homeowner on Glenwood Rd. in the hamlet of Pine Island and other on East Ridge Rd. in the Town of Warwick. According the Police, in both burglaries, tools were used to force entry into the residences. Jewelry and cash were stolen.
During the course of this investigation Warwick Detectives located several of the stolen items at a jewelry exchange in Rockland County.
On Wed., Jun. 14, Warwick Detectives along with members of the US Parole contacted Michael W. Simpson, 34, of Homestead Ave. in Maybrook, NY, at his residence and transported him to the Warwick Police Department for an interview.
While being interviewed at the Warwick Police Department, Detectives observed Simpson was wearing a ring similar to one that was reported stolen in one of the burglaries. The victim was contacted and positively identified the ring as belonging to them.
Subsequently Simpson was charged with two counts of burglary in the second degree, both felonies and one count of Criminal Possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Simpson was arraigned before Warwick Town Justice Nancy DeAngelo and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
Special Note from Warwick Police Dept.: A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.