BLOSSVALE, N.Y. (UPDATED) – A Blossvale man accused of stealing a U-Haul van and spray-painting it to disguise its identity has been arrested by New York State Police.
Austin O. Weismore, 25, drove the U-Haul from Florida to New York in March, but police say he never returned it to the company. The U-Haul location in Florida reported the vehicle stolen. Then on Wednesday, police found the van at a property on Preston Hill Road in the town of Vienna during a burglary investigation.
Photo courtesy of New York State Police
Part of the van was black from the spray paint, but the U-Haul logo was still visible on the front windshield. Police say the spray paint caused more than $10,000 in damage.
Weismore is also accused of removing the catalytic convertor, which is worth more than $1,000.
Weismore is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and grand larceny, all felonies.
He was taken to the Oneida County jail where he is awaiting arraignment.