Employee took $17,000 from Cortland auto parts store, police say

Daniel P. Hoffman (Cortland County Sheriff's Office)

CORTLAND, N.Y. - A Homer man has been arrested after being accused of taking $17,000 from an auto parts store where he was an employee.

On Friday, Dec. 8, the Cortland County Sheriff's Office arrested 34-year-old Daniel P. Hoffman following an investigation into missing funds at United Auto Supply on Route 13 in Cortland.

Management for the Syracuse-based company contacted police after they began experiencing fraudulent payouts and money missing at their Cortland store, according to Lt. Todd Caufield with the sheriff's office.

Hoffman, who was employed by the company at its Cortland location, is alleged to have taken more than $17,000 over the course of the past year.

Hoffman turned himself in to authorities at 9:30 a.m. Friday, the sheriff's office said.

He was arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court and charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony. He was released to Alternatives to Incarceration with his next court appearance set for Wed., Dec. 13.