State police in North Syracuse have arrested a Canastota couple for allegedly stealing from an elderly East Syracuse man.
According to police, Kenneth E. Bennett, 58, and Michelle E. Beck, 47, both from Lafayette Avenue in Canastota, were arrested on Sept. 28 and charged with grand larceny in the second degree, a class “C” felony.
The charges followed an investigation that determined Bennett and Beck extorted more than $100,000 from an elderly East Syracuse man over the last year.
The two were arraigned in the Town of DeWitt Court on Sept. 28, and remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center. Beck was held in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 secure bond, while no bail was placed on Bennett.
Bennett and Beck are to appear in the Village of East Syracuse Court at 2:30 p.m. on October 3.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.