YORK – A Cayuga County man faces multiple charges in connection with a car reported stolen from Geneseo village, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Richard R. Stagles, 35, of Sterling, was charged with possession of second degree stolen property, a Class C crime; third degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class D crime; unauthorized use of a first degree motor vehicle, a class D crime; difficult third-degree unlicensed operation; and additional violations of state vehicle and traffic law.
The charges stem from an August 23 incident in which the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center received a call at around 9 a.m. reporting that a vehicle had just been stolen from an address on South Street in the village of Geneseo. Geneseo police responded at the scene for an investigation.
Shortly after the call, Sheriff’s Assistant Molly Flavin was on patrol in the Genesee and Main Street areas of York City when she saw a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle that had been reported stolen minutes earlier. The MP confirmed that the vehicle she saw was the stolen vehicle and conducted a traffic control on Virginia Avenue, with the person quickly taken into custody without incident, the sheriff’s office said.
The investigation alleged that Stagles had stolen a large amount of money that was in the vehicle at the time of the theft, the sheriff’s office said.
A review of the records also revealed that Stagles’ driving privileges in New York had been suspended.
After his arrest, Stagles was turned over to the Deputies of Central Booking in the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-trial detention. Prosecutors were contacted about the crime-level charges on bail and recommended that Stagles be released at their discretion as the charges were ineligible for bail under the state judicial reform law.
Stagles was later indicted in the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment in the Livingston County Jail before the Sue Mahaney City of West Sparta Justice, which Stagles released on his own with a future court hearing.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Stagles on the prosecution. The prosecution was notified but did not appear to be charged.
Members of the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Forensic Identification Unit and Command Staff were supported in the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office. The investigation was under the command of Sgt. Chad Tuchmacher.
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