Worcester Central School custodians accused of stealing items from school

By WKTV News

WORCESTER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two Worcester Central School custodians have been arrested for allegedly stealing items from the school.

According to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office, last week the Worcester Central School administration became aware of missing tile and started an investigation. On Monday, the investigation was turned over to the Sheriff's Office CID unit after a meeting with the school superintendent.

Authorities said the investigation revealed that Anthony M. Stevens, 22, and Jason R. McHargue, 20, both of Worcester, stole two boxes of floor tile valued at $50 from the school after their normal scheduled work hours on November 2.

McHargue later installed the stolen tile inside a Worcester residence. During the investigation, authorities said it was discovered that Stevens had also taken a Stihl chainsaw from the school without their permission and had it at his residence.

The stolen chainsaw was recovered by the Sheriff's Office CID unit.

On Wednesday, both men were arrested on charges of third-degree burglary, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

They were arraigned released on their own recognizance to re-appear in Worcester Court in December.

McHargue faces up to seven years in prison and Stevens faces up to eight years of incarceration if convicted of the crimes, authorities said.

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