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2 arrested for burglary in city of Cortland

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Two men were arrested this week in connections with several reported burglaries in the city of Cortland.

On Tuesday (October 13) around 3 am, police investigated two separate calls to college housing on Tompkins Street — students were home at the time of the first around 3 am. One person saw the suspect as he fled from the residence.

Among the items stolen were a backpack, an Ipad, several frozen steaks and the keys to a 2008 Red Jeep Compass. The Jeep was taken, but soon located down the street at the location of the second burglary.

Around 6 am, police found 32-year-old John E. Burdick, of Laphill Road in Solon, standing in front of a Winter Street residence. In his possession were the stolen, along with Oxycodone he had no prescription for.

Burdick denied any responsibility for the thefts and said he got everything in his possession from 27-year-old Michael P. McCloy, listed as homeless.

Hours later at about 10 am, city police were called to a residence on East Main Street in reference to a man stealing a package from a front porch, attempting to enter numerous vehicles and peering into windows of a residence.

Much of the incident was captured on home security cameras. Officers quickly recognized the suspect to be McCloy.

He was located trespassing in Courthouse park a little after 2 am the next morning and taken into custody.

Officials say he then urinated on the floor of the booking area at CPD.


Burdick was charged with:

  • 2 counts of criminal possession of stolen property 5th (M)
  • criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th (M)

McCloy was charged with:

  • Petit Larceny (M)
  • Attempted Petit Larceny (M)
  • Trespass (V)

Both men were released to appear on December 4 at 9 am.

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