Four charged for series
of Oneida car larcenies

ONEIDA — Three teen-agers and a 21-year-old were charged in connection with a series of car larcenies that occurred throughout the city over the last few weeks.

At 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Oneida Police responded to a suspicious incident complaint on North Willow Street of a car alarm going off. While patrolmen were in the area, police also received a complaint about suspicious people in a vehicle on McGuire Street. As Patrolman Steve Lowell was responding, he discovered someone inside a vehicle parked in a driveway who fled, along with several others, through a back yard and into a wooded area. Lowell, along with Sgt. John Paul and Patrolman Joseph Hudson, set up a perimeter and were able to apprehend the three teens: Tyler J. Golden, 17, of East Elm Street; Zachary T. Coonrod, 18, of East Railroad Street; and Matthew J. Bombard, 17, of Washington Avenue. All were charged with third-degree trespass for entering into the fenced area on McGuire Street, police said.

Further investigation resulted in the apprehension of a fourth person, Patrick J. Markle, of Drake Avenue, and the additional charge of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, against all four suspects. Police said the four worked together to steal property from vehicles in excess of $3,000. The property included Global Positioning System units, laptop computers, cash and other personal property. Thefts occurred on Sayles Street, Hunt Valley, Willow Street, Grand Street, Cobb Street and other areas, police said.

All four were arraigned in City Court and sent to Madison County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. Further arrests and charges are pending.