A Rochester man committed grand larceny from Wellsville to Nunda without skipping a beat.
Randy Smith, 44, of Rochester was arrested on several charges after allegedly stealing cell phones, money, and vehicles across the southern tier.
Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said several law enforcement helped put an end to his shenanigans.
The charges stem from several incidents that began on June 9 at 12:20 am, when Deputy Brandan Flickner conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 390 in the Town of Avon for a vehicle and traffic law violation. Deputy Flickner suspected possible drug activity and requested that Smith exit the vehicle for further investigation. Smith refused the request, rolled up the window, and sped away from the traffic stop. A short distance later, Smith pulled the vehicle to the side of the road and fled on foot. Other Deputies responded to the area but were unable to locate Smith at that time.
At about 6:30 am, Deputies were called to a residence on Scipio Road in the Town of Nunda for a reported burglary. The residence was entered overnight and the homeowner was missing a purse and cell phone. While Deputies were investigating this complaint, a stolen pickup truck was reported on Polebrige Road in the Town of Avon.
Further investigation into these incidences revealed that Smith had made calls from the stolen phone as well as used credit cards from the stolen purse in the Wellsville area. Livingston County Investigators contacted law enforcement in the Wellsville area and provided them information on the incidences, including the description of the stolen truck. It was also learned that Smith was on Parole and that there was an active warrant for Smith for violating the conditions of his parole.
That same day, Investigators from Livingston County responded to the Wellsville area and found evidence that Smith was with an acquaintance at a residence on South Brooklyn Avenue in the Village of Wellsville. Sheriff's Investigators coordinated investigative efforts with the Wellsville Police Department and New York State Police out of the Amity barracks. All entities responded to the residence and took Smith into custody after he again fled on foot. Investigators recovered numerous pieces of evidence linking Smith to the crimes in Livingston County.
Smith was transported back to Livingston County Jail where he was initially held on the Parole violation. Sheriff Investigators later charged Smith with obstructing governmental administration from the initial traffic stop, felony second-degree burglary and Felony fourth-degree grand larceny for the residential burglary on Scipio Road, and felony third-degree grand larceny for the stolen pickup in Avon. Smith will be arraigned on the charges on June 15 and per the Criminal Procedure Law, will be remanded back to the jail being held without the chance of bail due to having prior felony convictions.
Sheriff Dougherty credits the quick resolve to these cases due to the cooperative efforts between the various law enforcement agencies involved. Further investigations and charges against Smith are pending.