The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office has charged four individuals in a string of burglaries that occurred at several businesses in Cortland and Homer during October.
The first occurred around 11:30 p.m. on October 13 at the Classy Chassy Car Wash on Route 13 in Cortlandville. Police say 21-year-old Taylor Funkhouser (pictured right), 18-year-old Thomas Shutts (left) and a 16-year-old juvenile (all from Cortland) broke in and caused over $800 in damage before stealing $250 cash.
Police then say the 16-year-old returned to the car wash at 3:00 the next morning (October 14) with an another 15-year-old juvenile. The two of them broke into a utility room before stealing more cash.
The Sheriff’s Office and Homer Police Department later discovered that Shutts and the 16 year old Juvenile also committed a burglary at the Super Cream ice cream store on Route 281 in Homer during the evening hours of October 15. They caused extensive damage to the shop and also stole money from the cash registers.
In a fourth incident, Police say Shutts and the 16 year old Juvenile also broke into CNY Power Sports in Cortlandville during the overnight hours of October 20 and stole two ATVs.
They rode the stolen machines to the Cortland Self Storage facility on Route 13 and caused almost $3000 in damage to the property and over $5,000 in damage to the ATV’s.
When all was said and done, all four suspects were caught and now face varying fates.
Shutts was arraigned on Tuesday (October 30) and sent to Cortland County Jail on $3000 cash/$6000 bond. He’ll return to court on November 5.
Authorities now say the same 16-year-old in these burglaries also has connections to a previous burglary that occurred at CNY Rental on Port Watson Street in Cortland. He was also arraigned on Tuesday (October 30) and released to Alternatives to Incarceration through Cortland County Probation.
Funkhouser was arrested yesterday (October 31) at his residence on Stramba Road in Cortland and later arraigned in Cortlandville court. He was then also released to the Alternatives to Incarceration program with a November 26 return date.
The 15-year-old involved will now be reporting to the Cortland County Probation Department.