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Laptops stolen during break-in at St. Mary’s School

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Two men were arrested in connection with 15 laptop computers stolen during an overnight burglary at St. Mary’s School on North Main Street in Cortland.

City police were called just before 8 am and say one of the suspects was caught on surveillance video entering the building through a door that had inadvertently been left unsecured.

Once inside, the man packed up 15 laptop computers and placed them in a box, then left the building.

A city police investigator was assigned to follow-up on the matter and immediately recognized the burglar in the footage as 27-year-old Michael P. McCloy, of Homer Avenue in Cortland.

The officer said he had just encountered McCloy nearby and observed that he was “profoundly impaired by the use of bath salts.”

Authorities quickly returned to the area where McCloy had been seen and arrested him — he immediately provided police with information about the residence where he took the stolen computers.

One laptop was recovered in a room at the Econolodge on Church Street.

Lt. Michael Strangeway says a search warrant was then executed at the Central Avenue residence of 31-year-old Cliffard M. Hallstead, where another 11 laptops were recovered in a padlocked suitcase.

Three Chromebook computers are still missing. The combined total value of the computers is $7,800.00.

Anyone with information regarding the location of the stolen laptops is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Daniel Edwards at (607) 753-3001 ext. 308.

McCloy is charged with:

  • Burglary 3rd (F)
  • Grand Larceny 3rd (F)

Hallstead is charged with:

  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd (F)

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