A Caledonia teen, previously charged in connection with a series of car thefts, is facing a new felony charge following an investigation into the reported theft of a vehicle from a residence on Le Roy-Caledonia Road in October, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation, which began Oct. 7, alleged that Joshua J. Sumeriski, 18, stole the vehicle from the residence’s driveway in the overnight hours. Also stolen were credit cards, gift cards and personal items that were inside the vehicle at the time it was stolen, the Sheriff’s Office said.
During the investigation, it was discovered that prior to the owner reporting the vehicle stolen, Sumeriski had been in possession of the vehicle and operated it on Interstate 390 in the town of Geneseo, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The vehicle was ultimately located at an address in the village of Geneseo with the assistance of the Geneseo Police Department.
Sumeriski was arrested Oct. 10 by Deputy Morganne Harrington and charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony; four counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony; one count of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D felony; and one count of petit larceny.
Sumeriski was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony-level charges. It was recommended that Sumeriski be released on his own recognizance as the charges did not qualify for bail under the state Justice Reform Act.
Sumeriski was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jeanean Love, who released Sumeriski on his own recognizance. He is due to return to court at a later date.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Sumeriski at his arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear at the arraignment.
Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office were multiple members from the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division.
Sumeriski was previously charged in connection with a string of car thefts across three counties, including Genesee and Wyoming counties.
Sheriff’s Investigators worked with multiple agencies regarding the pattern of stolen vehicles to identify suspects.
Sumeriski was 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.
Sumeriski was arraigned on those charges, but under the state Justice Reform Act a judge may not set bail and Sumeriski was released with a future court date.