Grand larceny, computer tampering, falsifying business records
At 4 p.m. Aug. 1, Baldwinsville Police Officer P. J. Holtman arrested Bernice J. Provost, 53 of 5227 Potenza Drive, Clay for second-degree grand larceny, first-degree computer tampering and first-degree falsifying business records. The arrest is a result of a lengthy investigation coordinated with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office into a complaint from the owner of Village Ace Hardware that Provost, while employed as the store's office manager from March 2008 to May 2009, stole more than $100,000 from the store and attempted to hide the theft by destroying the store's computer data, bank statements, checks and ledgers. Provost was arraigned before Van Buren Town Justice Ed Van Der Water who set bail at $25,000 cash or bond. Provost was lodged at the Justice Center Jail and was due in village court Aug. 5.
Burglary charges after break in
At 2:46 p.m. July 31, Baldwinsville Police responded to a reported burglary in progress at 24 Downer St. Officers arrived at the residence and observed Gregory Latz, 32, of 5 Tappan St. in Baldwinsville on the roof of a residence. He was apprehended and it was determined that he had burglarized the residence and stole proceeds from the home. The property was recovered and Latz charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny and possession of burglars tools. He was arraigned in front of Judge Huling who set bail at $50,000 cash or bond. Latz was transported to the Justice Center and was scheduled to return to Baldwinsville court Aug. 3.
At 3:34 a.m. July 25, Baldwinsville Police Officer C. M. Coakley observed a vehicle make a left turn from Oswego Street onto West Oneida Street without signaling. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was identified as Timothy C. Pitonza, 40, of 25 North St. in Baldwinsville. Alcohol involvement was detected and field sobriety tests were administered by Officer C. Allen. Pitonza failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Pitonza was transported to the police department where the booking process was completed. He was issued traffic tickets for driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a BAC over .08 percent and failure to signal. Pitonza was released on his own recognizance to appear in the vVillage of Baldwinsville Court Aug. 12.