City police search for burglar

Warrant for Kristoffer Cody Woodman/CORTLAND POLICE

Police are searching this weekend for a Cortlandville man convicted of burglary for violating his presentence release.

Cortland County Court issued a warrant for Kristoffer Cody Woodman, 29, on Tuesday and are continuing to look for him this weekend. Woodman, formerly of Hatfield Road near the Groton border, was featured in Cortland Police Department’s Warrant Wednesday posting on Facebook.

“(Woodman) has a Cortland County Court bench warrant for violating the terms of his presentencing release on a charge of Burglary in the 3rd degree a class E Felony,” according to the post. A presentencing release refers to time spent out of jail after a defendant has pled guilty, but before they are sentenced for their crime.

Police describe Woodman as a thin, white man about 5’6” with hazel eyes.

Woodman was released from the Cortland County Correctional Facility on Jan. 2 without any bail, according to jail records. On Jan.1, bail reform laws that made non-violent felonies such as third-degree burglary ineligible for bail, went into effect.

City police arrested Woodman on May 29 and charged him with burglary after officers were called to an Owego Street residence, according to a department news release. Woodman had unlawfully entered a resident’s garage and defecated in a box of records, police said.

Woodman was charged with felony, third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal tampering, a misdemeanor.

The warrant lists additional charges levied against Woodman, but information regarding those cases was not available this afternoon. Woodman’s additional charges include: criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a violation.

Woodman was initially sent to the Cortland County Correctional Facility on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Released defendants committing additional crimes became a challenge for city police shortly after bail reform was enacted, Chief F. Michael Catalano said at the department’s annual award ceremony in late January. Catalano called the reform “ill-conceived,” adding calls for a delay in the reform and the inclusion of law enforcement in its crafting were unheeded by state government.  

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