COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown man was arrested hours after he allegedly broke into offices at 21 Railroad Ave. and stole items, including a computer and money.
Richard C. Abbate, 18, allegedly broke into the building after 11 p.m. last night and stole items from several offices, including a laptop from the Ommegang’s business office and meat from the Green Cow butcher shop. He also allegedly took money from an office, and damaged several doors, including at Upstate Companies.
At 7 a.m. this morning, the Ommegang staff arrived to find that the door handle had been tampered with and a laptop was missing and notified police, who conducted a joint investigation with the county Sheriff’s Department.
The staff of the Hometown Oneonta/Freeman’s Journal/AllOTSEGO.com was at their offices on the first floor until 11 p.m. last night, but told police they did not hear anything unusual.
Abbate was charged with the felonies of Grand Larceny, third degree; Criminal Mischief, third degree, and three counts of Burglary, third degree, and the misdemeanors of Criminal Trespass, third degree, and two counts of Petit Larceny.