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Car Break-Ins

Oneonta Police: Two Arrested For Stealing From Cars


Homeless Man Arrested

For 4th Time Since July 31

Chief: Drug Abuse At Root; No Help Available

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police report arresting a second homeless man for stealing items from unlocked cars over the past week, and it’s the fourth time the suspect was arrested  two months.

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.”

Homeless Man Arrested For Stealing From Cars

Homeless Man Arrested

For Stealing From Cars

ONEONTA – A homeless man was arrested by state troopers and charged with stealing items from cars on Southside Drive and Glen Drive in Oneonta, according to Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C Public Information Officer.

Eric M. Meade, 26 (Homeless) of Oneonta, was arrested after troopers were dispatched to a complaint of a theft in progress on Southside Drive in the town of Oneonta just after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Police Reported ‘Multiple’ Thefts From Unlocked Cars

Police Reported ‘Multiple’

Thefts From Unlocked Cars

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown police today reported “multiple” thefts from unlocked vehicles in the village between midnight Wednesday and 3-4 a.m.  Thursday, and advised residents to lock their cars.

The investigation determined loose change and any cash increments were the only items taken, if at all, as some vehicles were just left in disarray.

Arrest Made In Purse-Snatching, Car Break-Ins

 Police Arrest

Purse Snatcher

Oneonta Man Charged With Robbery,

Assault, Larceny and Counterfeit

Joshua J. Johnston
Joshua J. Johnston

ONEONTA – A day after a 66 year old woman was pushed to the ground and her purse stolen on River Street, Oneonta Police have arrested and charged an Oneonta man with the crime, as well as several crimes dating back to July.

Joshua J. Johnston, 23, Oneonta, was arrested after police located him at a residence on Burnside Avenue.  He was charged with Robbery in the second degree, a Class C Felony and Assault in the third degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Through further investigation, it was determined that Mr. Johnston was the perpetrator in three separate Grand Larceny incidents whereby various items were stolen from the inside of parked cars over the past month.  As a result, he was also charged with three or more counts of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E Felony.

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