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Petit Larceny

Focus Employee Arrested For Theft, Needle Posession

Focus Employee Arrested

For Theft, Needle Possession

INDEX –  A Focus Otsego employee has been arrested for possessing a hypodermic needle and for stealing money from a co-worker’s car, the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department reports.

Karina Preston, Oneonta, was arrested Dec. 15 after a co-worker complained he had witnessed her go into his truck in the Focus Otsego parking lot without his permission.  According to the police report, he and his fellow co-workers watched Preston as she searched “through my property between the seats and above the visors.”  When he checked the truck later, a bank envelope containing money was missing from the visor.

Hartwick Highway Super Charged With Petit Larceny

Hartwick Highway Super

Charged With Petit Larceny

HARTWICK – The Town of Hartwick Highway Superintendent was arrested and charged with several misdemeanors by Otsego County Sheriff’s Department.

Frederick R. Striesse, 60, Hartwick was charged with petit larceny, official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing after the Hartwick Town Board allegedly discovered a series of fraudulent charges on the town’s credit card and reached out to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department.

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