An Oneonta man suspected in four burglaries in the city was arrested Thursday after Oneonta police Detectives Eric Berger and Joseph Tiemann noticed his shoe treads matched footprints recovered at the scenes, police Lt. Douglas Brenner said.
Timothy A. Button, 25, was arrested earlier in the day for failure to pay a fine. When he was leaving the station detectives noticed the similarity, Brenner said. Police said Button confessed to the crimes during questioning.
He was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, a class C felony; two counts of petit larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal mischief, all class A misdemeanors. The burglaries at homes on Central and Ford Avenues and Cedar Street occurred early Tuesday. Residents noticed that their homes were entered and items taken, with no signs of forced entry. At this time detectives are still investigating to determine whether he had an accomplice and in an effort to locate stolen items. Some had been recovered.
Button was sent to Otsego county jail on $15,000 bail to appear at a later day. He faces up to 15 years in jail on the felony charge. A misdemeanor is punishable up to one year in jail.