NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – New Hartford Police have used DNA to find a man suspected of robbing a local convenience store. Vadim Mikhalevich, 25, of New Hartford, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny.
On Dec. 27, 2018, police were called to a convenience store reporting an attempted robbery. An employee from the store said a white man came into the store and demanded cash from the register. After the employee refused, the suspect pulled out a knife and tried to force the register open himself. When he could not open the register, the suspect fled the store.
When police investigated the incident at the store, they were able to find several pieces of DNA evidence, which they sent in for testing. The DNA matched that of Mikhalevich, who was in the system due to a previous conviction.
On Sept. 6, 2019, New Hartford Police responded to another local store after receiving a report that a man forcibly stole property from a customer in the store. The white male was identified as Mikhalevich.
Police arrested Mikhalevich on Sept. 19, 2019 in connection with both incidents. He was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford Court and remanded to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of bail.
According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, there was also a warrant for Mikhalevich's arrest issued in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.