Keegan Allen, 22, homeless, was arrested following a report that someone had been rifling through cars on Hudson Street. Allen was located near the scene and admitted to going into cars and taking items, police said.
According to Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner, Allen also was arrested on July 31 for criminal possession of a controlled substance, on Aug. 12 for taking items from a vehicle, and on Aug. 20 for shoplifting, and was issued an appearance ticket for each.
“It’s sad,” said Brenner. “The base problem is substance abuse, and we can’t get him the help he needs.”
He was charged with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was allegedly found with a small amount of marijuana and prescription pills taken from one of the cars.
Police also arrested Eric Meade, 26, earlier this week after an investigation revealed that he had allegedly stolen a checkbook from a car and used it to forge a check. He was also arrested by State Police for a similar crime in the Town of Oneonta.
Brenner said that since August, there have been 26 instances of items taken from unlocked cars in the city. “These are always crimes of opportunity,” he said. “Keep your vehicles locked and your windows rolled up.”