Saugerties Police arrested Edward M. Kovacs, 31, of Blue Hills Dr., Saugerties, and charged him with petit larceny.
Police responded to the area of Mirabella’s Restaurant on Partition St. Saturday, May 27 at 5:08 p.m. for a reported robbery. The complainant, a 22-year-old male, told officers another male confronted him and demanded his jacket, then went into the restaurant with it.
When officers entered Mirabella’s and began interviewing the bartender, Edward Kovacs, a patron in the establishment, stood up and informed officers that he took the jacket. According to Kovacs, he was sitting in Mirabella’s when he saw the other man walk by wearing the jacket. Having served in the military himself, Kovacs confronted the victim and asked if he had been in the military. Kovacs told police that he couldn’t understand what the man was saying and thought the man was possibly intoxicated. Kovacs said he told the victim to take the jacket off, and when that failed to elicit the desired response, he pulled the jacket off the victim and went back inside.
Kovacs told police that he thought the man was disrespecting the military and that was why he did what he did.