Safe leads police to suspects in burglaries

KENT, Putnam County – An abandoned safe discovered on the side of Ludingtonville Road was the break police needed to solve an alleged string of home burglaries.

John E. Vantassell, 29, of Juniper Road, Pleasant Valley, and Benjamin J. Race, 30, of Park Court, Poughkeepsie, are being held without bail at the Dutchess County jail after Kent Police Detective Jerry Locascio charged them in the Jan. 10 break-in of a home on Mooney Hill Road, police said.