LIVINGSTON COUNTY – One of three suspects in a series of heists and thefts from construction companies in several counties stood alone at the defense table on Thursday.
Michael Correia, 58, along with brothers William Kelley III, 44, and Robert Kelley, 43, of Syracuse were arrested and charged with Burglary in the Third Degree for allegedly breaking into local businesses in Erie, Wayne, Genesee, and Livingston Counties, including Lewis Tree Service in Caledonia.
“Mr. Correia has a significant criminal history going back to 1979,” said Assistant District Attorney Victor Rowcliffe. “It seems that Mr. Correia and Mr. Kelley have been stealing together for some time.”
Correia is charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree after allegedly stealing chain saws and tree climbing equipment from Lewis Tree Service with the Kelley brothers.
Correia says he appeared alone because he wants a lawyer and cannot afford one, though the Public Defender’s Office turned him away because he does not appear to be in serious financial need.
The judge said that he can still appoint Correia a public defender if he so wishes.
Correia is also facing Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property charges in Wyoming county, and is out of jail in Livingston County on $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond.
William Kelley III was arraigned on Grand Larceny charges on Thursday, represented by attorney Zach Maurer.
PHOTO CAPTION: Michael Correia’s mugshot. (Photo/Wayne County Sheriff’s Office)