DNA on a cigarette butt has led investigators to a former Schoharie County resident who allegedly committed a Middlefield burglary last summer.
Corey V. Hunt, 27, began serving a three- to nine-year sentence last month at Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill on two burglary convictions in Saratoga County, according to state corrections records. He was charged Monday with two additional break-ins in Otsego County: the one in Middlefield and another in Decatur.
In the Middlefield burglary, which was reported in mid-July, a homeowner on county Route 33 reported that a safe containing paperwork and jewelry valued at more than $1,000 had been stolen from her house.
Otsego County Sheriff’s investigators found a cigarette butt at the scene and sent it to the state police Forensic Investigation Center for DNA analysis. Technicians there linked the DNA to Hunt in November, the sheriff’s office said.
The other Otsego break-in occurred in June, along county Route 38 in Decatur. The homeowner there reported the theft of jewelry and cash valued at more than $3,000. During their investigation, deputies discovered that another resident along county Route 38 had confronted an unknown male suspect at the scene of the burglary. The witness said the man stated that he was looking for puppies that were for sale, according to the sheriff’s office.
A couple of months later, state police investigators from the Cobleskill station received information linking Hunt to the numerous residential daytime jewelry burglaries throughout Saratoga and other counties. According to the sheriff’s office, the state police investigators searched Hunt’s residence in the village of Schoharie, where they recovered a ring that was stolen during the Decatur burglary.
They found a safe and paperwork from the Middlefield burglary in the town of Broome. At the same time, state police from the Highland Falls station recovered old U.S. currency that had been stolen during the Decatur break-in. Hunt had pawned the currency in Amsterdam, the sheriff’s office said in a press release, and it was later resold to a buyer from Dutchess County.
Hunt was charged Monday evening in Middlefield Town Court with with two counts of burglary, along with grand larceny in the fourth degree in the Middlefield theft and grand larceny in the third degree in the Decatur burglary.
After his arraignment before Judge Donna Yerdon, Hunt was returned to the state custody, with his next court appearance in Middlefield scheduled for July. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison on the new charges, according to the sheriff’s office.