Police: Teen with history of larcenies found with credit cards, ID stolen from vehicle

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Whitesboro teen has been arrested after authorities say he was found in New Hartford with multiple stolen credit cards and identification that police say was stolen from a vehicle.

On November 29 at around 10:30 a.m. the New Hartford Police were called to the New Hartford Shopping Center for a report of a male attempting to use a stolen credit card. Upon arrival, officers located Joseph E. Hess, 19 of Whitesboro in Karaz Shoes attempting to make a purchase.

Hess was taken into custody and four stolen credit cards, along with a driver's license of the victim were located in his possession. Police said it was found that the credit cards and license were taken overnight from a vehicle in Whitestown.

Police said they also located a number of other pieces of property taken overnight along with items purchased with the stolen cards in the vehicle Hess was in.

Hess was charged with the following charges five felonies - four count 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.

Hess was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford court in front of Judge VanSlyke and sent to the Oneida County Correctional Facility on bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.

The New Hartford Police were assisted in the investigation by the Town of Whitestown Police Department and the Utica Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

Hess was arrested back in 2009, accused of stealing property from more than a dozen vehicles on Mother's Day.

At that time, Whitesboro Police said during the early morning hours on that Sunday, at least 15 unlocked vehicles were entered and several items were stolen. Hess 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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