ONEONTA –At least three burglaries over the past week have been solved with the arrest of an Oneonta man.
Kyle A. Ives, 29, was charged in a series of break-ins – two homes and vehicle – in Center City. “With one arrest, we were able to solve three cases,” said OPD Chief Doug Brenner.
Last weekend, the two houses were broken into and credit cards taken, plus $100 in cash and personal items. “He took change from the cars and a jar of change,” said Brenner. “It’s a quick grab.”
The personal items were all recovered, said Brenner.
But police are still seeking a suspect in burglaries on Main Street around the same time. Both the Hospice and Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans thrift stories were broken into and items and money taken.
“We are truly disheartened to share that our thrift shop was burglarized over the weekend,” read a post on the Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans’ Facebook page. “This store is completely volunteer run and all the proceeds benefit the rescue. Not only did we sustain a loss, now we need to spend money on new equipment.”
“It’s sad that people are stealing from charitable organizations,” said Brenner. “They just ransacked the place.”
Two other locations in the Main Street area were also broken into, but Brenner declined to identify them, citing investigation protocol.
“We’re looking through the Main Street camera footage right now,” he said. “Trying to see if we got anything.”
For the Center Street burglaries, Ives was charged with two counts of burglary in the second degree, two counts of grand larceny – for the credit cards, said Brenner – and one count of petit larceny.
“We don’t believe Ives is tied to the Main Street burglaries,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Oneonta Police at (607) 432-1113.