LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office led a joint investigation with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Webster Police Department and Greece Police Department that resulted in the arrests of three people for multiple thefts at funerals in the region.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Bruce Newton, 39; Cearra Campbell, 20; and Chelsea O’Hare, 23, were all charged in Livingston County with eight counts of felony Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and three counts of misdemeanor Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, all related to thefts at a Nunda funeral.
On Sept. 2, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted directly by a funeral home in Livonia advising of several vehicles that had their windows broken and contents removed, including electronics, credit cards and other valuables, while visitors called on a loved one.
Deputies responded, including the Road Patrol Division and members of the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU). Deputies continued to investigate for the next several days any and all leads which included a vehicle description off the funeral home surveillance system.
Following that incident, information was gained through the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office of similar occurrences in Ontario County and Monroe County. On Sept. 11, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office took the lead and organized a joint task force with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Greece Police Department and the Webster Police Department.
The coordinated efforts resulted in three subjects being arrested on Saturday Sept. 16 following more car break-ins at a funeral home in Nunda.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office charged all three subjects on Sept. 16. All three were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
Nunda Town Justice James Mann arraigned all three subjects. The Judge set bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond for O’Hare and Campbell and held Newton without bail due to past felony convictions.
More charges are expected for incidents in Livingston County including the funeral home in Livonia, a sporting event in Lima and a sporting event in Dansville.
Monroe County police agencies as well as the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office are all expected to be filing additional charges.