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Two charged in burglary of Holland Patent Legion

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Two men have been charged in a burglary at the Holland Patent Legion, and authorities are investigating whether the pair were involved in a string of burglaries that occurred over a span of several months in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office said.

Eric J. Eichstadt, 54, and Dean E. Mortise III, 30, are charged with burglary. That charge is in connection to a Aug. 31 burglary at the Holland Patent Legion on Depo Road where currency was taken.

According to authorities, multiple burglaries at diners, recreational businesses, town offices, Legions and VFWs have been broken into during the overnight hours over a span of several months. Taken from the businesses have been cash, safes and ATM machines. A search warrant was executed on Mortise and Eichstadt's home in Oriskany, where an ATM, safes and several other pieces of property were recovered, authorities say.

Mortise's bail was set for $25,000 and Eichstadt was sent to the Oneida County Correctional Facility on no bail.

The sheriff's office and New York State Police are continuing the investigation into the burglaries.

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