Father, sons accused of Cherry Valley burglaries

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A father and two sons are accused of committing several property crimes in the Town of Cherry Valley in September, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said.

John Daniel Mickels, 56, of Sprakers, Joshua Daniel Mickels, 33, of Fort Plain and Jonathan Daniel Mickels, 29, of Middleburgh, are charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and attempted burglary in the second and third degree.

According to authorities, a Salt Springville resident reported in September money and prescription drugs were missing from her home. In October, a Salt Springville Road man noticed his log splitter valued at more than $2,000 was missing from his property. The man provided deputies with surveillance photographs and Joshua Mickels was later developed as a suspect.

The stolen log splitter was located in November in Schoharie County. An investigation showed the trio allegedly stole the medications and money out of the home and conspired to and attempted to commit burglaries of a cabin, pole barn and shed, as well as stealing the log splitter.

The three were arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on Montgomery County burglaries and have been in the jail there on $100,000 bail.

On Wednesday, the trio was arraigned by Town of Cherry Valley Judge Fredy Herr and a $10,000 bail was set. They were returned to the Montgomery County Jail.

If convicted, they face up to three years in prison.

The arrest was a joint investigation between the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police Fonda and Cobleskill and the Otsego County Sheriff's Office.

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