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Four charged with stealing parts

Four Chittenango residents, three men and one teen, were charged late last month in connection with a string of thefts. Police say the crimes were committed in Madison, Oneida and Onondaga counties and involved stolen snowmobile engines and parts.

Arrested were:

Patrick Buffington, 20, was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny.

Barry Seager, 19, was charged with a single count of third-degree burglary and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Jeffrey Mento, 16, was charged with a single count each of third-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Jesse Confer, 20, was charged with petit larceny.

According to police, the four were arrested after a month-long joint investigation conducted by members of the New York State Police and the Chittenango Police Department. Thefts occurred in six municipalities in the three-county area investigated.

Starting in early December, nine incidents were reported to local law enforcement agencies regarding the thefts.

Police say the subjects were stealing snowmobile engines and parts from local businesses and private owners.

More than $10,000 worth of stolen goods have been recovered.

The investigation continues, and additional charges are expected.

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