Accident leads police to recover stolen property

Two Liverpool men face charges of criminal possession of stolen property after an accident at the intersection of Clockville and Crandall roads in the town of Lincoln. The two-car collision resulted in three people being injured, one of them described as serious. One of the cars involved was being sought by police after the occupants allegedly were involved in a theft earlier in the city of Oneida.

Police say Madison County 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report at about 5:27 p.m. July 20 that two men stole a motorized go-cart from Tractor Supply Company on Upper Lenox Avenue in the city of Oneida. Witnesses provided descriptions of the stolen property, which they say was placed into the trunk of the vehicle, and the suspect vehicle. Dispatchers alerted Oneida City Police and other area police agencies to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle involved in the theft.

A short time later, Madison County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a two-car personal injury accident in Lincoln. Upon arrival, deputies say they discovered one of the vehicles fit the description of the vehicle sought in the theft investigation. They also found a new go-cart matching the description of the one reported stolen upside down in the road at the scene of the accident.

Deputies say James Bacon, 43, of 102 Sotherden Drive, Liverpool, was westbound on Clockville Road when he turned into a private driveway on the north side of the road. The Bacon vehicle, police say, turned around in the driveway and re-entered Clockville Road in an effort to cross the road and enter Crandall Road. According to police, Bacon entered the road, driving into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by Julie R. Stokes, 56, of Canastota.

The impact pushed the Bacon vehicle across the intersection and onto the top of the guard rails. Deputies emphasized that the Bacon car was not being pursued by any police agency or TSC store personnel at the time of the crash.

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