On March 31 at 9 p.m., dispatch advised the Whitehall Police Department of an attempt to locate a silver GMC Sierra pickup truck bearing New York registration KEZ4665 and an officer
patrolling eastbound on Poultney Street observed the pickup traveling westbound and making a right hand turn on Broadway, heading northbound.
The officer told dispatch the located vehicle and was being following and the officer asked if there were charges against the driver and dispatch advised the officer that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office did have charges for the driver and would like the vehicle stopped to try to locate two pellet guns and one scanner.
The officer stopped the pickup on Route 22 in front of the Washington County Department of Public Works building. The officer identified the driver as Joseph Kish.
Kish stated he was coming from a residence in Salem where Kish said he had gone to pick up some of his belongings that he left there. Asked what the belongings were that he picked up, Kish stated a bag of beer and some other small items.
The officer advised Kish that the truck he was driving had just been used in an alleged crime in Salem. Kish then stated he took two BB guns and a scanner out of the residence.
The officer located both pellet guns and the scanner in the bed of Kish’s truck.
The officer contacted Investigator Hunt and had him come to the scene for assistance. Hunt explained to Kish that the owner of the two pellet guns and scanner would like his items brought back to the station and for a property receipt to be filled out and then the items would be turned over to Washington County Sheriff’s Office.