NYLON – A former laborer for a Steuben County-based flooring company is in jail on felony charges for allegedly stealing jewelry from a home while working on a residence in Hornellsville.
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According to a press release from New York State Police Troop E Commander Richard Allen, Matthew Stewart, 45, was arrested for felony Burglary in the Second Degree.
The investigation began when a North Hornell resident reported that on two separate occasions, she noticed jewelry had been stolen from her residence. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Stewart was working in an adjoining residence for a flooring company based in western Steuben County, and during the course of that employment, he allegedly entered the adjacent residence on two occasions and stole jewelry.
Troopers made the arrest on Jan. 11.
Stewart was arraigned in the Hornellsville Town Court and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail due to prior felony convictions.
According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Stewart served prison time for felony charges on three occasions: in 1996 for Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree; in 2000 for Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree; and in 2002 for Rape in the Second Degree. He is a level two sex offender, considered at moderate risk to re-offend. All of these crimes were committed in Livingston County.
The investigation has identified many additional victims, all of which may have also contracted with the same flooring company.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim are asked to call Investigators of the New York State Police barracks at SP Wayland at (585)728-5007.
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