Man accused of stealing maintenance equipment

Published Nov 7, 2018 at 4:00pm

A 38-year-old man is accused of stealing chainsaws from both Lowe’s and the New York State School for the Deaf, according to city law enforcement officials.

Following an investigation, police have charged Matthew S. Gray, 38, of 7719 Bell Road.

Police said the theft from the School for the Deaf was first reported on Oct. 19, that someone had stolen two chainsaws, a leaf blower and a hedge trimmer from the maintenance shed on the grounds several days prior. This lawn equipment had a total value of about $1,900.

Police said the shed had been left unlocked, with some of the equipment both inside and outside, because maintenance crews were doing yard work at the time.

Patrolman Aaron A. Page, who is currently assigned to the Detective Division, began investigating the reported theft and discovered that the suspect in the School for the Deaf threat also matched security camera footage from a larceny at Lowe’s on Rome-Taberg Road, authorities stated. A chainsaw had been stolen from the store on Sept. 18.

Police said several of the stolen items were recovered in pawn shops in both Rome and Syracuse.

Gray was identified as the suspect in both thefts, police said, and he was taken into custody on Tuesday. Gray is charged with one count each of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, and petty larceny, a misdemeanor, police stated.

Gray is scheduled to appear in City Court.