East Syracuse Detectives in the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Burglary Investigation Unit have charged Ronald Cottrell, 32, of East Syracuse with possession of a handgun as well as breaking into multiple storage facilities in 2011 and 2012.
Detectives charged Cottrell on May 13 with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh said in a release. Detectives accused Cottrell of possessing a .25 caliber handgun with the intent to sell it at the Central New York Regional Farmers Market.
At approximately 5:15 a.m. on May 13, witnesses told a Sheriff’s deputy that Cottrell was attempting to sell a handgun to other vendors as they waited for the market to open, Walsh said. Detectives then confronted Cottrell, located and secured the handgun and took Cottrell into custody.
Cottrell is also accused of breaking into more than 95 storage units on Oswego, Van Buren, West Entry and Thompson Roads, Walsh said. Detectives charged Cottrell with 51 counts of third-degree burglary, 52 counts of possession of burglar tools, 49 counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, four counts of third-degree grand larceny, five counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, five counts of petit larceny and one count of third-degree criminal trespassing.
Cottrell was arraigned in the City of Syracuse Criminal Court and the Town of Clay Court. He is currently being held without bail at the Onondaga County Justice Center.
Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation in coordination with the New York State Police Department, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and the East Syracuse Police Department, which are also investigating burglaries into multiple storage facilities.