A father and his two sons were arrested Wednesday afternoon for their part in several property crimes in the town of Cherry Valley last September, Otsego deputies said.
John Daniel Mickels, 56, Sprakers; Joshua Daniel Mickels, 33, Fort Plain; and Jonathan Daniel Mickels, 29, Middleburgh; were charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, second and third-degree attempted burglary, all felonies, said deputies.
The arrests at the Montgomery county jail were the result of a joint investigation between the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, state police at Fonda and Cobleskill and Otsego deputies.
In September, a Salt Springville resident reported to the Otsego deputies that money and prescription medications were missing from her residence. In October, another resident in the same area noticed a log splitter valued at more than $2,000 was missing. The property owner also provided deputies with surveillance photographs from his property showing an unknown male.
From that, Joshua Mickels became a suspect. The three family members were interviewed, and the log splitter was recovered by Cobleskill state troopers. An investigation revealed that the three committed or attempted to commit several burglaries in this area. They were jailed in November on Montgomery County burglaries that they committed and have been there on $100,000 bail since, deputies said.
They were arraigned in Cherry Valley Town Court on Wednesday. Bail was set at $10,000 and the three returned to Montgomery County jail. They face up to 22 years in state prison if convicted, deputies said.