NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Acting Major Todd O. Stratton
Troop C Commander
New York State Police at Oneonta and other local law enforcement continue to investigate a string of larcenies from unlocked vehicles. It is unclear if there is only one suspect or multiple suspects.
On September 14, 2020 at approximately 2:20 a.m., New York State Police at Oneonta arrested Eric M. Meade, age 26 (Homeless) of Oneonta, NY for the misdemeanors of Petit Larceny, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fifth degree and Criminal Trespass in the third degree.
Troopers were dispatched to a complaint of a theft in progress on South Side Drive in the town of Oneonta just after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Troopers spotted Meade who fit a description provided by a homeowner. An investigation revealed that Meade was in possession of coins that were stolen out of unlocked cars on South Side Drive. The investigation also revealed he had also taken items from an unlocked vehicle on Glen Drive.
Meade was charged for the thefts on South Side Drive and Glen Drive. He was processed then released on appearance tickets to the town of Oneonta court on October 20, 2020.
The following morning at approximately 1:20 a.m., troopers received a complaint for a suspicious person on East Street in the town of Oneonta. Meade was captured on surveillance checking door handles to a vehicle but did not take anything because the vehicle was locked.
As a reminder, troopers are warning residents to keep their eyes peeled for suspicious activity and call 911 if you see anything. Do not keep valuables in your vehicle. Please remember to keep your vehicles and homes locked.