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Burglary suspects in custody

By WKTV News

SAUQUOIT, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Sheriff's Department says the suspect in a Sauquoit burglary is now in custody.

Ronald R. Ward, 20, of Rome, was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday in the parking lot of Reilly's Dairy on Pinnacle Road. Earlier that day, authorities said a resident returned to his home on Paris Hill Road to find Ward lurking inside his bedroom.

The homeowner got into a fight with Ward, who later fled into the woods.

A search, which included members of the K-9 unit, followed until dark. Officials had asked people who live in the area to remain indoors and keep their doors locked.

"My daughter and my wife were locking the doors...and as they were locking the doors my daughter saw him on the road walking down the road trying to cover his t-shirt that they could see was torn," says Peter Saraceno of Butler Road. "She screamed and he actually looked at her in the big picture window and right when they locked eyes she said he ran down the road and darted between houses here."

Deputies say a female suspect - Samantha Cerini, 25, of Frankfort was taken into custody at the scene. Officials say the homeowner was able to block Cerini and Ward's vehicle in his driveway when he returned home.

Cerini was in the vehicle at the time, authorities said, and she was detained at the scene.

Cerini was charged with second-degree burglary, arraigned in the Village of New York Mills Court and sent to the Oneida County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash or bond bail. She is scheduled to return to court at a later date.

In August 2010, Cerini was arrested by Frankfort Village Police on two outstanding warrants for a petit larceny charge and a vehicle-and-traffic-violation.

Ward has also been charged with second-degree burglary, arraigned in the Village of New York Mills Court and sent to the Oneida County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 cash or bond bail. Ward is also scheduled to return to court at a later date.

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