Selling Stolen .22 Buys York Man Felony Charges

YORK – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a York resident on felony charges for allegedly stealing a loaded .22 caliber pistol, which he allegedly sold in Rochester.

According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Joseph Cuozzo III, 25, was arrested for felony Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and felony Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree.

On July 9, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted directly by a complainant in the Town of York who said that her .22 caliber handgun had been stolen. Members of the road patrol, criminal investigations division and forensic identification unit responded to investigate.

The investigation alleges that Cuozzo stole the loaded handgun while the homeowners were away and sold the gun on the streets of Rochester. The gun has not been recovered. A file was entered on the stolen gun and officer safety bulletin issued.

Handling the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse, Sheriff’s Investigator Brad Schneider, Sheriff’s Sergeant Joseph Breu, Deputy Michael Wade, Deputy Jerry Pilkenton, and Deputy Scott Patterson.

Cuozzo was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office recommended bail on the matter at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Livonia Town Justice Margaret Graf-Linsner arraigned Cuozzo and ordered him held in jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

(Photos/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)