Teen with criminal history charged in New Hartford home burglary
Credit: (Photo Courtesy of New Hartford Police Department)
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A New Hartford teenager with a history of trouble with the law is facing new charges following a three-month long investigation into a burglary that occurred on Larchmont Drive in the Town of New Hartford. Police say Thomas R. O'Toole, 18 is accused of burglarizing the home on September 13, 2012, by cutting the screen and entering through a rear window of the residence. Once inside, O'Toole is alleged to have ransacked several bed rooms and stolen multiple pieces of jewelry and other items valued at more then $10,000 before fleeing the residence. An on-scene investigation involving Patrol and Forensic Officers was initiated and police say a Forensic Officer was able to develop fingerprints which were left by the suspect. That fingerprint was lifted then identified by Laboratory Technicians of the Syracuse Police Department. That identification process led Investigating Officers to O'Toole. O'Toole was arraigned before Town Justice James VanSlyke of the Town of New Hartford Local Criminal Court. VanSlyke sent O'Toole to the Oneida County Jail and O'Toole's case will be continued in the Town of New Hartford Court on a later date. In October, O'Toole was accused of, with another teen named Alex F. Fiorentino, 18, robbing the Byrne Dairy on Route 5 in Kirkland at knife point and making off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the store. O'Toole was found shortly after the robbery in Pittsfield, Massachussetts as he left a hospital where he had received undisclosed treatment. Police told media outlets there that it was unclear what he was doing in Pittsfield. O'Toole was then brought back to the Oneida County Jail O'Toole was arrested in Mohawk a month prior after authorities say he was found hiding under a Mohawk homeowner's vehicle in their enclosed garage. According to Mohawk Police, officers responded around 11:32 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, for a report of a male prowling in the area of Marshall Ave near Burns Ave. Police said O'toole was found to be in the attached garage of a house laying underneath the homeowner's vehicle which was parked in the closed garage. For that incident, he was charged with third-degree burglary, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in the Seventh Degree and Section 3345 of the Public Health Law for not having prescription drugs in their original container.