Cops: Fleeing Parolee’s Crime Spree Hit Nunda, Avon, Wellsville

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A wanted parolee is in custody on multiple felony charges for allegedly stealing in Nunda and Avon and fleeing from law enforcement multiple times.

According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Randy Smith, 44, was arrested for felony Burglary in the Second Degree, felony Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, felony Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and misdemeanor Obstructing Governmental Administration.

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The charges stem from several incidents that began on June 9 at 12:20 a.m., when Deputy Brandan Flickner conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 390 in the Town of Avon for a vehicle and traffic law violation. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Smith. Flickner suspected that there was drug activity and requested that Smith exit the vehicle for further investigation. Smith allegedly refused, rolled up his window and sped away from the traffic stop. A short distance later, Smith allegedly pulled his vehicle to the side of the road and fled on foot. Other Deputies responded to the area but were unable to locate Smith.

At about 6:30 a.m., Deputies were called to a residence on Scipio Road in the Town of Nunda for the report of a burglary. The residence was allegedly entered overnight and the homeowner was missing a purse and cell phone. While Deputies were investigating this complaint, a stolen pickup truck was reported on Polebrige Road in the Town of Avon.

Further investigation alleges that Smith made calls from the stolen phone and used credit cards from the stolen purse in the Wellsville area. Livingston County Investigators contacted Wellsville area law enforcement and provided them with information on the alleged incidents, including a description of the allegedly stolen truck. It was also learned that Smith was on parole and that there was an active warrant for his arrest for allegedly violating the conditions of his parole.

That same day, Investigators from Livingston County responded to the Wellsville area and found evidence that Smith was with an acquaintance at a residence on South Brooklyn Avenue in the Village of Wellsville. Sheriff’s Investigators coordinated investigative efforts with the Wellsville Police Department and New York State Police out of the Amity barracks. All entities responded to the residence and took Smith into custody after he again allegedly fled on foot. Investigators recovered numerous pieces of evidence linking Smith to the crimes in Livingston County.

Smith was transported back to the Livingston County Jail where he was initially held on the parole violation. Sheriff Investigators later charged Smith with the above charges.

Smith will be arraigned on the charges on June 15. Criminal Procedure Law requires that he then be remanded back to the jail without bail due to prior felony convictions.

Sheriff Dougherty credits the quick resolve to these cases due to the cooperative efforts between the various law enforcement agencies involved. Further investigations and charges against Smith are pending.

(Photos/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)