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Fayetteville man arrested for allegedly stealing a car in Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- A Fayetteville man is facing Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny charges following a investigation of a report of a stolen vehicle.

Posted: Dec 5, 2019 11:56 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2019 9:39 AM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- A Fayetteville man is facing grand larceny and petit larceny charges following an investigation of a report of a stolen vehicle.

Back on Dec. 1, Otsego County Sheriff deputies were called to the Stewart's Shop on Chestnut Street in the village of Cooperstown.

A customer reported she left her vehicle running with the keys in it while she briefly entered the store. The customer went to leave and her vehicle was stolen. Sheriff's say 22 year-old James Morton, while at the Stewart's Store in Cooperstown, did steal a vehicle left unattended in the parking lot.

A description of the vehicle and plate was broadcast and the vehicle was located by state police in the town of Richfield. 

Troopers stopped the vehicle and took Morton into custody. They also discovered that he was in possession of several items he stole while inside the Stewart's Shop. The owner of the vehicle had also left two cell phones in the car. Sheriff's say Morton threw the phones out of the vehicle along State Highway 28 after stealing the car, in an attempt to avoid being tracked. The phones were later recovered by deputies.

The defendant was processed, arraigned and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff with bail fixed at $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.

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