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Car Stolen After Owner Leaves it Unlocked to Warm Up


On Monday, November 21st, around 7am in the Town of Dryden the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported stolen vehicle.

During the investigation deputies learned the owner of the vehicle, a black 2011 Honda Accord, was stolen from the owners driveway after the owner left it unattended and unlocked for the vehicle to warm up.

It wasn’t until later that day, around 9:40pm, that sheriff deputies located the vehicle unoccupied, parked in a parking lot off of North Triphammer Rd in the Town of Lansing. Two days later the sheriff’s department conducted a search of the vehicle, with owners consent, to gather evidence on a potential suspect in the theft.

On Tuesday, November 29th, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department interviewed a suspect, 23 year old Mason D. Thomas. Through an interview with Thomas, deputies arrested him and charged Thomas with Grand Larceny in the 3rd and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th.

Thomas was arraigned and transported to Tompkins County Jail with bail set. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the New York State Police, who currently have charges pending against Thomas.

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