Arrested in scrap theft

A 22-year-old man was picked up on an arrest warrant Friday for the theft of metal pipe and scrap from a barn owned by the state Department of Corrections.

The case of Justin E. Bean, of 209 N. George St., has been adjourned to the grand jury for a possible indictment.

State police said Bean and Peter Pisciotta, 21, of 218 W. Thomas St., were caught stealing pipes from a state-owned barn on Hoag Road at about 2:07 p.m. Aug. 29. The barn was part of the Mohawk Correctional Facility. A Corrections employee said he went to the site because there had been problems with thieves in the past, and he found a pickup truck full of scrap metal.

The employee told state police that he soon found Pisciotta and Bean wandering around the property. The employee said Bean fled the scene before law enforcers arrived, while Pisciotta was taken into custody.

An arrest warrant was issued for Bean, and he was finally taken into custody on Jan. 6, authorities said. Bean is charged with one count of third-degree burglary. He was arraigned before City Court Judge John C. Gannon, and was sent to county jail on $2,000 cash bail or bond.

Both Bean and Pisciotta have had their cases forward to the county grand jury.