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.”
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.
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.