Two Monroe County residents are facing multiple felony charges apiece in connection with a spree of burglaries in the town of Conesus and Mount Morris over the past several months, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.
Sheriff’s deputies first started fielding complaints of burglaries across the county several months ago. Investigators identified a pattern in the crimes in that they tended to involve the theft of goods from sheds, seasonal residences and homes. Property stolen during the burglaries included tools, construction equipment and electronics, the Sheriff’s Office said.
On May 28, investigators executed search warrants at an Irondequoit residence and vehicle belonging to two suspects - 40-year-old Joseph W. Whitney and 44-year-old Tanya J. Sanchez.
While searching the pair’s home and vehicle, authorities found stolen property and tools used to commit the burglaries, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Both Whitney and Sanchez, who were home at the time the search warrant was executed, were taken into custody. They were each charged with burglary in the second degree, a class C felony, attempted burglary in the second degree, burglary in the third degree, a D felony, criminal mischief in the second degree, a D felony, possession of burglar’s tools, an A misdemeanor, two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, an A misdemeanor, and petit larceny, an A misdemeanor.
After their arrest, Whitney and Sanchez were turned over to deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
They were arraigned before Lima Town Justice Harold Harris the following day. Harris remanded Sanchez on $1,000 cash or bond and released Whitney on his own recognizance. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office had recommended bail for Whitney be set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond and $500 cash or $1,000 for Sanchez.
The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate multiple other burglaries throughout Livingston County and more charges are expected. The investigation was handled by members of the Sheriff’s Office’s criminal investigations and patrol divisions and forensic identification unit under the command leadership of Captain Michael Williams.