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5 arrested for larcenies and burglaries in Albion

Posted 8 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Press Release, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni III

ALBION – The Albion Police Department has arrested five people who were allegedly either responsible for committing crimes and/or involved in the possession of stolen property taken during crimes that occurred in November and December.

The Albion Police Department has recovered numerous items that are stolen or believed to have been stolen. The items were seized during search warrants and as a results of the arrests.

The following were arrested:

Farrell

Jeffrey J. Farrell Jr., 27, of 431 West State St., Albion. He was charged on Dec. 20 with six counts of petty larceny, three counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, one count of unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

He was jailed on $5,000 bail. He is to return to Albion Town Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 14.

Vitale

Christopher N. Vitale, 29, of 260 East Park St., Albion. He was charged on Dec. 27 with two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, one count of unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree, one count of unlawful possession of marijuana, and NYS parole warrant.

He was jailed on $10,000 bail and is to return to Albion Town Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Vitale

Dawn M. Vitale, 40, of 260 East Park St., Albion. She was charged on Dec. 27 with two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, one count of unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree, and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Vitale was released on her own recognizance. She is to appear at Albion Town Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Thomas

Christine L. Thomas, 26, of 431 West State St., Lot 9, Albion. She was charged on Dec. 29 with one count of criminal possession of stolen property, one count unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

Thomas was released on her own recognizance. She is to appear at Albion Town Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Vasquez

Thomas R. Vasquez Jr., 28, 309 Catherine St., Medina. He was charged on Jan. 6 with two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.

Vasquez was released on his own recognizance. He is to appear at Albion Town Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 20.

Three search warrants were conducted as part of the investigation, with two in the Village of Albion at 431 West State St. Lot 9 and 260 East Park St. A search warrant was also executed in the City of Batavia at 136 Summit St.

As a result of the search warrant in Batavia, Philip R. Ayala, 29, of 136 Summit St., was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is being held without bail.

The owners of many of the items now in possession of the Albion Police Department are yet to be identified. Albion Police is asking residents in the village and surrounding areas to check for items that may have been stolen or may be missing without their knowledge.

The items recovered range from small hand tools, power tools, air compressors and snow blowers.

Residents should contact the Albion Police at (585) 589-5627 if they think they are missing items that may have been recovered by the Police Department.

These crimes had a great impact on the victims and continued until aggressive investigative police action was taken, Police Chief Roland Nenni III said.

The investigation was very time consuming and the officers who worked on the cases spent much of their time away from their families during the holidays. The successful investigation was made possible because of the combined efforts of the Albion Police Department, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine, Batavia Police and Emergency Response Team, and the Genesee County Drug Task Force.