More charges for Whitesboro teen arrested last week in New Hartford

By WKTV News

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Whitesboro teen with a history of larcenies and was arrested last week by New Hartford Police is now facing new charges from the Whitestown Police Department.

Joseph Hess IV, 19, of Whitesboro is facing multiple felony counts after incidents that police say took place in the early morning hours of November 29.

Hess is accused of entering vehicles and garages attached to homes in the Herthum Hills Housing Development and stealing property.

Whitestown Police received a report at 6 a.m. From a resident on Brett's Way that foot prints were left in the snow by someone that had attempted to enter their vehicle. Police said upon investigation, it was found that an intruder had entered several vehicles and garages and in some of the cases, property was stolen.

In one such case, police said a resident's credit cards were stolen from his vehicle and were attempting to be used. Whitestown Police alerted the New Hartford Police about the incident and that the suspect was using the stolen credit cards in New Hartford area stores.

Hess was picked up by the New Hartford Police as he exited Karaz Shoes in the New Hartford Shopping Center and taken into custody. He was charged by New Hartford Police with five felonies - four counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of second-degree forgery as well as three misdemeanors - one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of petit larceny and one count of attempted petit larceny.

He has now been charged by Whitestown Police with one count of second-degree burglary, four counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, and five counts of petit larceny.

He is currently being held at the Oneida County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash or $25,000 bail bond.

Whitestown Police are asking that any residents of the Herthum Hills Housing Development that believe they may have been a victim of crime and have not yet reported it to contact their station at 315-736-1100.

In 2009, Hess was arrested, accused of stealing property from more than a dozen vehicles on Mother's Day. He was accused of taking GPS units, cell phones, MP3 players, iPod's, cigarettes and cash. Police were able to recover all of the stolen property except the cash.

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