SPRINGWATER — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Monday reported the arrest of a Springwater man on felony charges after an investigation of a stolen vehicle.
On June 29, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an address on South Main Street in the Town of Springwater for a report of a stolen Chevrolet Equinox.
Sheriff’s Deputies located the stolen vehicle and the suspect, 53-year-old Matthew J. Batzel, on Depot Road in Springwater. Batzel also had a court issued Order of Protection against him, where the victim of the stolen vehicle was the protected party. Batzel was arrested and taken into custody on charges of felony fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal contempt.
After Batzel was taken in to custody, Sheriff’s Deputies allegedly discovered that he was in possession of crack cocaine. It is also alleged that Batzel attempted to conceal the crack cocaine to prevent Deputies from finding it. Batzel then was additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and felony tampering with physical evidence.
Batzel was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the Felony level charges. It was advised that Batzel should be held without the chance of bail due to him having multiple prior felony convictions.
Batzel was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Judge Jeanean Love. The Judge did remand Batzel to the custody of the Sheriff without the chance of bail.
Investigating the incident for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Michael Wade and Deputy Menzo Peck.