New York State Crime Stoppers Tip Helps Solve Marcinak Homicide in Putnam

A tip helped Putnam County Sheriff’s Investigators solve the murder of beloved Garrison tow truck driver John Marcinak. Robert Keller, Director of New York State Crime Stoppers stated,”An anonymous tip pointed investigators in the right direction, which is what this program is designed to do.” New York State Crime Stoppers requested anyone with information call the NYS Crime Stoppers Hotline 1-866-313-TIPS (8477).

According reports, Mr. Marcinak was found laying on Route 9, in front of his Auto repair garage at approximately 12:30 pm on December 31, 2008. Putnam County Sheriffs’s Investigators arrived on the scene and began an investigation immediately. Information is what fuels criminal investigations and that’s where New York Crime Stoppers comes in. A reward offering was issued through the media and via reward flyers. The flyers were circulated by Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies and by New York State Crime Stoppers.

A reward is likely to be paid to the person who provided the tip in this case according to the programs director, Robert Keller now that there has been a conviction in this case.

New York State Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit organization formed to assist law enforcement throughout the state by offering rewards for information about particular crimes that will lead to arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

New York State Crime Stoppers goal is to help keep the communities throughout the state safer as they work with law enforcement, the media, the business community and the public. New York State Crime Stoppers does not offer rewards in communities where a County Crime Stoppers program is in operation, such as New York City, Suffolk, Nassau and a few others. Because New York State Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit organization, funds must be raised through the generous donations of corporations, small businesses and private citizens.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to this worthy organization or anyone seeking further information about the organization is asked to go to our Web Site or to contact the program director at