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Four men charged in series of Otsego County burglaries

By WKTV News

OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Four men are facing charges in connection to a series of commercial burglaries over the summer in Otsego County.

Otsego County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Russell Stell, 35; Roy Stell, 39; James Vanderkreke, 21; and Zachary Young, 19 - all of the Town of Cherry Valley - in connection with two commercial burglaries in Cherry Valley.

However, their investigation did not stop there. The four men now face charges for additional burglaries spanning three more towns and villages - Cooperstown, Richfield Springs, and Cobleskill.

The investigation began in mid-July when Flint's Garage in Cherry Valley was broken into and a small amount of money taken. The garage's owner reported that his property was damaged during the burglary.

Authorities say that in early August, the Springfield Car Wash was also broken into - with more than $3,000 worth of change and property stolen this time.

The Stells and Vanderkreke were already incarcerated in the Otsego County Jail on bail on other burglary charges, while Young was located in Cherry Valley and arrested on a Town of Cherry Valley Court bench warrant for an unrelated residential burglary that he had previously been arrested for in early November by breaking into a State Route 166 residence with the intent to steal property.

Young was brought to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office on the bench warrant and all four men were arrested.

Russell A. Stell, Roy C. Stell, and James T. Vanderkreke were all charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. Both Stells and Zachary E. Young were charged with third-degree burglary, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief charges.

They were all arraigned by an Otsego Town Judge and sent to the Otsego County Jail, with Young's bail set at $5,000 and Vanderkreke's bail set at $15,000.

The Stells were sent to the Otsego County Jail without bail due to previous felony convictions.

All of the men face up to 14 years in prison on the commercial burglary charges, while Young faces up to another 15 years in prison on the residential burglary charge.

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