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Sheriff Make Arrest After Thief Runs Out of Gas


Last Wednesday, December 28th, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Starr Rd. in the Town of Cortlandville to investigate a suspicious activity complaint.

Officer’s arrived to the area to find a suspicious vehicle in a driveway of a residence on the road. Through a continued investigation, officer’s learned the vehicle was stolen from Pennsylvania and had run out of gas with the occupants of the stolen vehicle fleeing the area, abandoning the vehicle in the driveway.

A collaborative effort was done between the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office and the Pittston Township Police Department in PA, the area where the car was originally stolen from. Through the joint investigation it was determined that 45 year old David E. Thomas of Virgil, had stolen the vehicle from Pittston Pa. before he drove it back to New York.

Officer’s were able to locate Thomas on New Year’s day through an unrelated investigation and arrested him for warrants out for him as well as possession of the stolen vehicle. He was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th, a Felony.

Thomas was transported to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office where he was processed and later issued an appearance ticket. He was then turned over to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Officer for an outstanding warrant he had in Tompkins County.

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