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Mom of burglar in $405,000 theft arrested for allegedly hiding $79,915 of stolen loot

The mother of one of the suspects arrested in Wayne County’s premier home burglary case has herself been arrested. Valerie Putman, age 48, of 7537 Old Lyons Road, Lot 16 in the Town of Lyons was indicted by a Wayne County Grand Jury for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree, two counts of Hindering Prosecution in the 2nd Degree and one count of Criminal Facilitation in the 4th Degree.
Putman was arrested on Wednesday by State Police Investigators at the Wayne County Nursing Home, where she is employed. She was arraigned in County Court by Wayne County Judge Dennis Kehoe and released on her own recognizance to reappear in County Court on June 14th.
Putnam is accused of hiding a safe containing $79,915 stolen in a burglary back in March of this year on East Port Bay Road in the Town of Wolcott. Putman’s son Adam Purdy, along with co-defendant Peter Baugher broke into the home and stole a large, gun safe. According to police, they had no idea what the safe contained. Both Purdy and Baugher were charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree.
The safe was taken to the home of Joseph Williams and Victoria Williams, age 28, both residing at 5111 Owl’s Nest Road in Marion. There, the safe was opened and the gang realized their windfall. Inside the safe was an assortment of large and small bills, totalling $405,000, belonging to the 78 year-old Wolcott resident.  Both Joseph and Victoria Williams were charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree and Unlawfully Growing Cannabis. Police discovered 380 marijuana plants growing in their home following a search warrant on ton the home.
Also arrested in the case was Purdy’s girlfriend, Amber L. Shove, who was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree.
Police allege that Putman took a safe with the $79,915 to a relatives house for safe keeping, without telling them what was inside. The relative read the original  April 10th story in the Times and immediately called police. A warrant was obtained and the safe opened to discover the additional portion of the stolen money.

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