Skaneateles woman facing felony theft charges

A Skaneateles resident is under police investigation for allegedly stealing from a number of local people.

Claire E. Milne, 26, of 9 Gayle Road, Skaneateles, was arrested on June 7 by village police and charged with third-degree grand larceny. She was arrested again on July 12 and charged with another count of third-degree grand larceny.

Milne was trusted by residents to watch their houses when they went away for the winter, or for a vacation, and when they returned jewelry, silver and other valuable items were missing, Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins said.

“People would pay her to watch their house when they go away and she was supposed to be cleaning, but she was stealing stuff,” Perkins said.

The missing items would then turn up in pawn shops where they had been sold for cash.

Though she has already been charged, a collaborative investigation including the state, county and village police is still ongoing. Police have been tracking down missing items and pawn and jewelry shops in Syracuse, Auburn and elsewhere since February, Perkins said.

Third-degree grand larceny is a class D felony and is defined in New York’s penal code as when the value of the stolen property exceeds $3,000.

Milne is set to appear before Town Justice Charles Major with her attorney at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Anyone who thinks that things may have been taken from their homes as well are encouraged to notify the village police by calling 685-3819.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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