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Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Caledonia NY resident on felony charges following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office into multiple stolen vehicles from several towns.
On June 15, 2021 at about 2:00 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a business on Flint Hill Road in the Town of Caledonia for the report of a vehicle that was stolen from the location. During the investigation it was determined that the vehicle had been located by the Ellicottville Police Department in Cattaraugus County.
On July 11, 2021 at about 06:15 am, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Genesee Street in the Town of York for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival Deputies located a vehicle in the ditch, and no occupants at the scene. Through investigation it was determined that the vehicle was reported stolen from a business in the City of Batavia, Genesee County.
On July 12, 2021 at about 08:50 am, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Retsof Avenue in the Town of York for the report of another stolen vehicle. Deputies were advised by the vehicle owner that it was believed the vehicle was stolen the day before. The vehicle was later located in the City of Batavia.
On July 21, 2021 at about 1:45 pm Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Riverside Drive in the Town of Geneseo for the report of a recovered stolen vehicle. Upon arrival Deputies discovered that a vehicle reported stolen from the Town of Java in Wyoming County had been left at the location.
Sheriff’s Investigators, working with multiple agencies regarding the pattern of stolen vehicles, were able to identify suspects.
On September 13, 2021 Investigators arrested and charged Joshua J. Sumeriski, age 18, in connection with the vehicle thefts. Sumeriski was charged with two counts of felony Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, felony Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, felony Tampering With Physical Evidence, Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Third Degree.
Sumeriski was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the NYS Justice Reform Act; however, a Judge may not set bail under the law and the individual must be released.
Sumeriski was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LCCAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi. The Judge did release Sumeriski on his own recognizance (ROR) per
the law providing Sumeriski a future court date, and Deputies did then release Sumeriski from custody on the felony charges.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Forensic Identification Unit. Assisting with the investigation was the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, the Geneseo Police Department, and the Ellicotville Police Department.