Cortland Police say they’ve responded to over a dozen reported burglaries this month alone, many of which have occurred at student housing units that have been left vacant for the summer.
On Thursday (June 20), City police officer Adam Troyer was investigating a reported break-in that had occurred at 23 Clayton Avenue. Troyer was there with the property owner who said someone had broken into the vacant house, damaged property inside and stolen a television.
During his search, Officer Troyer located and arrested 36-year-old Andrew Fiorentini, listed as homeless, hiding in one of the closets.
That same day, CPD officers made another arrest at a vacant unit on Groton Avenue after a week-long investigation into a reported break-in there.
Video surveillance from the area and an in-depth investigation into various social media sites led Sergeant Dan Edwards to arrest 29-year-old Nathan Prentice, of Merrills Creek Road in Marathon.
When investigators found Prentice, they recovered material stolen from an unreported burglary he committed on Prospect Terrace in the City of Cortland.
Both Fiorentini and Prentice were set to appear in city court on Friday (June 21).
Investigation into the reported break-ins continues and further arrests are expected.
This is a friendly reminder to be vigilant reporting suspicious persons or activity in your neighborhood and to always lock your doors and windows, especially at night.