A bizzare twist to an investigation in Ulster County after a man reported missing in Saugerties ends up getting charged robbing a local bank. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the two cases connecting and coming to a close.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “Over the weekend Adam Putnam, we received a report that he was missing, there was a missing persons case that was launched,” said Saugerties Police Chief Joe Sinagra.
Officials cased the county for Adam Putnam, 49, after his girlfriend reported he left their Elizabeth Street apartment to find work in Kingston and never returned home.
“We were working it from here in Saugerties, we also had the Kingston Police Department which were heavily involved in it, they had mounted a search near the Kingston Plaza Saturday in the afternoon, the Ulster County Sheriff's Office was out looking for him, the State Police were looking for him,” said Sinagra.
At the same time, police continued working the October 17th Ulster Savings Bank robbery, where a suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money, displaying a handgun and making off with about $1,000.
“We came in with people to do leads as far as interviews, we brought our forensics in, our FIU did the processing of the scene,” said BCI Senior Investigator Stanley O’Dell. “It's just manpower.”
Thanks to a collaborative effort between departments and helpful tips from the community, that suspect is soon linked to the missing person’s investigation here in Saugerties.
“Through info that we obtained from the public, through info we obtained as we were doing the missing persons investigation, we started putting the pieces of the puzzle together and once those pieces got put together it was a clear picture that Mr. Putnam was a suspect for this robbery,” said Sinagra.
When police found him and brought him in for questioning, he confessed to the heist and details his latest plans for an additional robbery in the area, solving two cases in one night.
“With his cooperation the pieces of the puzzle fell right into place,” said Sinagra.