YORK - A Caledonia teen is facing numerous charges in Livingston County in connection with a string of car thefts across three counties, including Genesee and Wyoming counties, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Investigators worked with multiple agencies regarding the pattern of stolen vehicles to identify suspects.
Joshua J. Sumeriski, 18, was arrested and charged Sept. 13 in connection with the thefts, which went back to mid-June. Sumeriski was charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony; third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony; felony tampering with physical evidence; fifth-degree conspiracy; and third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle.
The investigations began June 15 when deputies responded about 2 p.m. 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.
A month later, on July 11, deputies responded to Genesee Street in the town of York at about 6:15 a.m. for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, deputies located a vehicle in the ditch. There were no occupants at the scene. The investigation determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen from a business in the city of Batavia, Genesee County.
The next day, July 12, deputies were dispatched about 8:50 a.m. 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 wa stolen the day before. The vehicle was later located in the city of Batavia.
Then, on July 21, deputies were dispatched about 1:45 p.m. to Riverside Drive in the town of Geneseo for the report of a recovered stoeln vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that the vehicles had been reported stolen from the town of Java, Wyoming County.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Sumeriski was turned over to Central Book deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment deterntion. The offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment deterntion under the state Justice Reform Act, though a judge may not set bail under the law and the individual mustbe released.
Sumeriski was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi, who released Sumeriski on his own recognizance per the law. Sumeriski will answer the charges in Livingston County at a future date.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Forensic Indentification Unit. Assisting with the investigation was the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, Geneseo Police Department and the Ellicotville Police Department.