(WKTV) - An 18-year-old Boonville man was arrested Oct. 2 in connection with four separate incidents that occurred in the Village of Boonville from August 2012 through October 2013, officials said.
Matthew Donlon, 18, has been charged with burglary in the third degree, a Class D felony, petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor and two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, Class A misdemeanors.
According to Boonville police, on Aug. 21, 2012, Boonville Police Chief James Galler responded to a criminal trespassing complaint at the Boonville United Methodist Church. An investigation showed someone had entered the church through an unsecured window in one of the preschool classrooms, knocking over several papers and other items and leaving muddy tracks. The church declined to press charges.
On Aug 20, 2013, police responded to another call at the Methodist church. Police discovered that someone had entered the church's sanctuary area, where wiring was pulled from the audio system, video system, speakers, soundboard and other equipment. A laptop computer was tampered with and the password was changed to "speed racer." After clearing the password, it was discovered the laptop was set to a pornographic web site. An investigation led police to Donlon, as it was determined that he went by the nickname, "Speed Racer." At that time, Donlon was told to stay away from the church. The church declined to press charges, police say.
On Oct. 1, 2013, police responded to the Methodist church for a broken window that had occurred overnight. According to police, the window had been broken by what appeared to be a failed attempt at opening the window.
According to police, on Oct. 2, 2013, police responded to the Methodist church again for a report that someone had entered the church through a window by breaking out an air conditioner and pushing it to the side. An investigation showed that the air conditioner had been damaged and several figurines were knocked down, causing them to break. An electric heater had been broken away from the wall when it was stepped on. The investigation showed a small amount of change, some food and a laptop computer were also taken. A criminal complaint was filed by the church.
At about 5:40 p.m. Oct. 2, police transported Donlon to the Village of Boonville Police Station, where Donlon confessed to entering the church on each occasion, stating that he was "looking for some food and some place to stay." Police later recovered a laptop believed to be taken from the church at Donlon's apartment.
Donlon was arraigned in the Village of Boonville Court and released with a court order to contact the Oneida County Probation Department on Oct. 3. He will return to the Village of Boonville Court on Wednesday to answer the charges.