An Oneonta man suspected of several daytime residential burglaries in multiple counties turned himself in Monday, according to a media release from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.
Dale Ryan Thompson, 26, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief, all felonies, the release said. The arrest follows an extensive investigation conducted by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Chenango and Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Divisions.
Thompson, who resided in Laurens during the month of August, allegedly broke into a County Route 47 residence in the town of Oneonta on Aug. 13 and stole more than $3,000 worth of jewelry, according to the release. He also allegedly broke into a town of Hartwick residence on Aug. 19 and stole more than $3,000 worth of coins and jewelry.
State police investigators additionally charged Thompson with three counts of second-degree burglary for breaking into and stealing jewelry out of two homes in the town of Laurens on Aug. 10 and 16 and a town of Pittsfield home on Aug. 24, the release said.
Investigators developed Thompson as a suspect after following up dozens of leads, conducting surveillance and interviewing pawn shop and jewelry store employees in Boston, Mass., New Hartford and Albany, where Thompson traveled recently with the stolen property, according to the release.
Thompson was also arrested in late August for burglaries in South Carolina and North Carolina, but posted bond, the release said.
After Thompson returned from South Carolina on Aug. 30, Sheriff’s investigators, deputies, and State Police investigators searched his Laurens apartment and recovered stolen property, the release said.
Thompson was arraigned by town of Oneonta Judge Bruce A. Smith and sent to the Otsego County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail, the release said. He is scheduled to reappear in the Oneonta Court later this month.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael F. Getman and District Attorney John M. Muehl are prosecuting the cases, according to the release. If convicted of the five burglary charges, Thompson faces up to 75 years in prison.