According to a recent article from RochesterFirst.com, three recent burglary arrests in Livingston County involved suspects who have been linked to a “string of crimes involving multiple agencies that occurred a year ago.” Law enforcement officials have indicated that the people arrested on theft-related charges were “involved in 20-30 different thefts across the region” in total, and the article suggested that multiple theft-related offenses are involved. These recent arrests highlight the importance of having an experienced Rochester criminal defense attorney on your side whenever you are facing any kind of burglary or other theft offenses. We want to provide you with more information about these arrests, and about theft-related charges in upstate New York.
Details of the Burglary and Theft-Related Arrests in Upstate New York
The arrests occurred following a report of a burglary, which involved the theft of cigarettes in an amount exceeding $3,000. The Livingston County Sherriff’s Office arrested Eric Smith of Rochester, Kristina Marble of Scottsville, and Andrew Duckworth of Batavia. They were each charged with offenses on November 9, 2021, and two of them had been involved in the 2020 investigation into nearly two-dozen burglaries.
The recent arrests happened when a business in the Town of Conesus reported a commercial burglary on October 26 when an employee showed up at work to find the front of the business “shattered.” Deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded and determined that “more than $3,000 in merchandise had been stolen from the store.” The “nature of the crime,” according to the article, suggested to investigators that there was a connection between the burglaries that had been under investigation in 2020, which occurred across county lines. Accordingly, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office got in touch with other counties where these burglaries had occurred and determined that those offenses included the “same modus operandi” as the retail theft in the Town of Conesus.
Charges Related to Alleged Theft Offenses
Both Smith and Marble had previous felony convictions on their records and were charged with multiple felony offenses including Burglary in the Third Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Duckworth, the third-party allegedly involved in the recent Livingston County burglary, was charged with two counts of Burglary in the Third Degree as well as two counts of Petit Larceny. In addition, the article suggests that other agencies involved in the 2020 burglary investigations are likely to seek additional charges for what law enforcement officials have described as “smash and grabs.”
Whether theft offenses are charged as misdemeanors or felonies in New York can depend on a number of factors, including the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen, as well as the criminal records of the parties who have been arrested for theft-related offenses.
See Advice from a Rochester Theft Defense Lawyer
If you are facing theft charges, it is critical to understand that you could be facing felony charges that could come with years in prison if you are convicted. You should seek advice from one of our experienced Rochester theft defense attorneys as soon as possible. Contact King Law today to learn more about how we can assist you with your defense.