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St. Johnsville man charged following months-long theft investigation

47-year-old Michael Peterson of St. Johnsville (Photo provided by the New Hartford Police Department)

A St. Johnsville man is facing several felony charges following a months-long investigation into thefts at a local store.

Posted: Jun 18, 2018 11:07 AM

NEW HARTFORD – A St. Johnsville man is facing several felony charges following a months-long investigation into thefts at a local store, according to the New Hartford Police Department.

Police say a report was filed in March 2018 by a local home improvement store regarding the ongoing theft of merchandise from several different store branches in Oneida County. Police say the investigation found that the suspect, 47-year-old Michael Peterson of St. Johnsville, was also involved in similar incidents throughout central New York and the Capital Region.

Peterson was arrested June 12 and charged with the felonies of third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records, and first-degree scheme to defraud.

Peterson was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford Court and sent to the Oneida County Jail without bail. He’s scheduled to appear in court again at a later date.

New York State Police also assisted with the investigation.

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