Police Dodging, Serial Thief Arrested for Thefts in Sullivan, Orange Counties

By Matis Glenn


A man who allegedly stole from many people in Sullivan and Orange counties, as well as Pennsylvania, was arrested on Thursday, sources tell Hamodia. The suspect, 40-year old Joseph Flood of Port Jervis, NY, is accused of stealing lawnmowers, unhooking and driving off with trailers, and stealing other expensive equipment. One victim, a n Orthodox Jew, lost not only his trailer but thousands of dollars in cash that were inside.

The suspected thief had escaped police chases several times, even avoiding a spike strip earlier this week. During the chases, he rammed into Sherrifs’ vehicles twice.

Thursday afternoon, he was spotted on Route 17 in Monticello; he once again evaded police, but failed to escape a second spike strip placed on Route 209 in his hometown of Port Jervis. After his vehicle was incapacitated, the suspect fled on foot, but was apprehended and arrested shortly after.

Far from being Flood’s first run-in with the law, sources tell Hamodia that he has been arrested many times, and is well-known to police. In 2014, he and his wife were arrested for criminal possession of a weapon; Flood had been convicted of other felonies in the past which prohibit him from owning a gun. Police were forced to use a taser on him at the time, as he resisted arrest.

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