Cortland man steals $50K worth of property; also arrested for weapon possession

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A City of Cortland man is facing multiple charges from various local law enforcement agencies from his arrest on Monday, according to reports.

Nicholas G. Stone received charges from the city police department and the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office following his involvement in stealing $50,000 worth of property and his failure to surrender firearms.

Charges from city police stemmed from an investigation that took place on Jan. 7. City police received a complaint that a vehicle-enclosed utility trailer was stolen from a job site in the Riverside Plaza on Clinton Avenue, the report stated.

According to the report, the trailer was located south of Pipeline Road in the county. Contents of the trailer, which included construction tools and equipment, were stolen out of the trailer.

Following the execution of several search warrants, the majority of the stolen property – which was valued at $50,000 – was recovered, the report noted.

Stone was charged with second-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal possession of stolen property (both Class-C Felonies), and tampering with evidence and fourth-degree conspiracy (both Class-E Felonies).

This investigation is ongoing and could result in further arrests.

Stone’s charges from the county sheriff’s office were from Jan. 10. The report stated that Stone was directed by court order to “surrender any and all” firearms, rifles or shotguns to the county’s sheriff’s office. He was also directed to “not secure or possess” any firearms, rifles or shotguns once his previous ones were surrendered.

According to the report, it was discovered that Stone failed to surrender his firearms, which he was no longer permitted to possess, to the county sheriff’s office by the date of the court order.

Stone was charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal contempt (both Class-A Misdemeanors). He is currently being held at Cortland County Jail on cash bail.