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Wild 4-State Crime Spree Involving Stolen Dog, Tow-Truck Ends in Hudson Valley

New York State Police
New York State Police

Two men were arrested following a manhunt in the Hudson Valley that lasted around 16-hours. The men are accused of stealing a dog, and crashing a stolen tow-truck into two cars.


On Wednesday around 1:30 a.m., State Police responded to a 911 call for a three-car collision at the intersection of Routes 22 and 295 in the Town of Canaan.

A 2011 Ford F550 tow-truck, later determined to be driven by 31-year-old Jonathan Kimball, was traveling north on Route 22 when the tow-truck failed to stop for a red traffic light and hit a 2008 Chevrolet Blazer traveling east on State Route 295, police say.

After, in an alleged attempt to flee, Kimball placed the tow-truck in reverse and hit a parked car.

Kimball and his passenger, 46-year-old Steven P. Nance, then fled, leaving a Pit bull inside the vehicle.

The tow-truck was later determined to be stolen from Pennsylvania, the dog stolen from Alabama, police say.

Nance was found near the accident and arrested for criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.

While investigating, troopers were told that another vehicle, which was stolen near the scene of the accident, was found in Massachusetts. Police allege Kimball stole the car.

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Around 12:30 p.m., State Police in New Lebanon received a tip about a suspicious person, who fit the description of Kimball, in Canaan.

Troopers responded to the area with a State Police helicopter and K-9 units from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.

Approximately five-hours later, Kimball was found walking on Route 22.

Kimball was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and grand larceny, felonies.

Kimball was remanded to jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail and $25,000 bond. Nance in lieu of $10,000 cash bail over $20,000 bond.

Troopers are coordinating with law enforcement authorities in Alabama, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York as they investigate the crime spree.

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