Major Eugene J. Staniszewski
Troop A Commander
Dirtbike theft in Ripley gives Jamestown man felony charges
On December 03, 2022 at approximately 02:30pm, The NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and uniform Troopers out of SP Fredonia arrested Cortland J. Hepfner, 22 of Jamestown, NY for Grand Larceny 3rd degree, a class D felony and Burglary 2nd degree, a class C felony.
On June 09, 2022, Troopers out of Fredonia responded to a burglary complaint on Klondike Road in the town of Ripley. The complainant stated an unknown person had gained access into their garage through a window and stole a Kawasaki dirtbike worth $4,000.00. Just a few days later, Troopers located the stolen property in the town of Dunkirk and returned it to the owner. Throughout the investigation, multiple sources would name Hepfner as the primary suspect in the burglary.
Troopers would locate Hepfner in the city of Jamestown and transported him to SP Fredonia for questioning by Fredonia BCI. Further investigation would reveal that Hepfner was already on probation for a prior burglary.
Hepfner was ultimately charged with Grand Larceny 3rd degree, a class D felony and Burglary 2nd degree, a class C felony. He was remanded to the Chautauqua County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.