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February 19, 2013

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Two face burglary charges

Two Oneonta residents have been arrested in connection with a burglary last year, city police said.

Kevin Baker, 22, and Alysia N. Johnson, 20, were each charged Friday with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief, all felonies, police said.

They are accused of breaking into an apartment on Pine Street in December and stealing blankets and tools and causing damage to property, police said. They were held in the city lockup overnight and arraigned in Oneonta City Court on Saturday, after which

Baker was sent to Otsego County jail on $2,500 bail, and Johnson was sent to jail on $1,500 bail.

Man accused of drunken break-in

A drunken man who tried to enter someone else’s home has been arrested on a felony for allegedly breaking the door to the residence, city police said.

John M. Kolankowski, 19, of North Java, tried to get into a Walnut Street home apparently mistaking it for his residence at about 12:45 a.m. Friday, Lt. Douglas Brenner said. Kolankowski was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, in connection with the broken glass door and second-degree attempted criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, Brenner said.

City police officers Christopher Catapano and Lucas Shaw were checking on unrelated suspicious activity in the vicinity when the homeowner alerted them to someone trying to break in and provided a description of the suspect, Brenner said. The officers were able to find Kolankowski, who was arrested.  

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