Oneida man accused of stealing steel and motors

By WKTV News

ONEIDA, N.Y. (WKTV) - An Oneida man us facing charges, accused of stealing several pounds of steel and motors.

According to Oneida Police, Matthew F. Petzoldt, 29, of Oneida was charged with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Petzoldt is alleged to have worked with another individual in unlawfully entering a storage building at Hartman Enterprises on Elizabeth Street in Oneida and stealing several pounds of steel and several GE Motors and in the process damaged the sheet metal door to a storage building, police said.

Oneida Police said they discovered the burglary around 3:45 a.m. on September 4 after a patrol found a vehicle parked off an old railroad bed trail that runs along Maxwell Field, in the woods concealed by brush. The gate of the vehicle, a Jeep, was open, police said, and a dolly was next to the vehicle with buckets of stainless steel cylinders found by police.

A responding Oneida Police Officer located and detained Petzoldt and a perimeter was set up around the business and a search was made of the building.

Oneida City Police were assisted by Sherrill City Police, New York State Police and the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

Petzoldt was arraigned and sent to the Madison County Jail in lieu of bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to re-appear in court on September 7.

Police said an additional arrest is pending.

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