Five arrested after night of drinking, stealing and mailbox bashing

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:50

    FLORIDA-Police arrested five young men last week after a night of drinking in the Village of Florida during which police said they damaged at least six mail boxes along Glenmere and Werner avenues and then broke into the Knights of Columbus Hall and stole wine and several cases of beer. According to State Police at Monroe, on Wednesday night, June 29, a group of youths were drinking heavily in the apartment of Jason E. Howard at 28 North Main St. in Florida. At about 11:30 p.m. several members of the group walked down Glenmere Avenue in the village, damaging mailboxes to at least six homes. The group then re-united and continued drinking, but soon discovered they were running short on beer, police said. Police added that the group decided to break into the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 74 North Main St. in Florida and steal some additional beer. Several cases of Budweiser and Coors beer, along with an undisclosed amount of wine, were later reported stolen. The youths then continued drinking through the early morning hours. When Village of Florida Police Officer James Coleman came on duty at 8 a.m., he immediately started receiving complaints of the criminal mischief to the numerous mailboxes on Glenmere Avenue. He then received the burglary complaint from representatives at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Coleman then conferred with troopers from the State Police station in Florida and debriefed them on the crime spree. Coleman and Troopers Darrin Fulton, Irene Truesdale and Steven Nevel soon located a group of hung-over youths and brought them in for questioning. The entire group of five youths were arrested, after police said they made admissions to their involvement in the crimes. Charged with third-degree burglary were: • Jason E. Howard, 23, 28 North Main Street, Florida. • Michael R. Osbourne, 20, 336 Old Forge Hill Road, New Windsor. • Robert J. Howard, 17, 19 Quarry Road, Goshen. • Joseph M. Nowicki, 18, 130 Glenmere Ave, Florida. • Jason R. Korth, 17, 13 Richmond Place, Middletown. Jason Howard also was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child for providing alcoholic beverages to his friends, all of who are under 21 years of age. Nowicki and Jason Korth were additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief for damaging the mailboxes at the five residences on Glenmere Ave and one mailbox on Werner Avenue. They were all arraigned in the Village of Florida Court and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.