Pawling man charged with stealing from Carmel cemetery



Major Robert M. Nuzzo
Troop K Commander






Carmel, New York – On June 20, 2017, New York State Police from the Brewster barracks arrested 47-year-old Robert L. Bauer of Pawling, New York, for Grand Larceny in the 2ndDegree, a Class C Felony, Forgery in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony, and Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, a Class E Felony.

In January of 2017, Troopers were contacted by the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office regarding a sizeable loss of money and supplies from the Raymond Hill Cemetery, located in the Town of Carmel.

Partnered with the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, the State Police commenced an investigation into the allegations which revealed that Bauer, a former employee at the Raymond Hill Cemetery, had stolen in excess of $250,000 in money and equipment from the cemetery.  Bauer is accused of submitting inflated invoices from actual companies to reflect a purchase made for the cemetery.  The altered invoices allowed Bauer to benefit financially.  A forensic audit conducted by the New York State Police Financial Crimes unit reveals that the theft occurred between 2007 and 2015.

Bauer was remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond.  He is due to appear in the Town of Carmel Court on July 11, 2017.

This joint investigation is ongoing and additional charges against Bauer are likely.  Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Investigator Michael O’Flaherty at SP Brewster by calling (845) 677-7300.