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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Continued Thefts Even after Earlier Arrests:
Sumeriski, who went on car-stealing spree, pleads guilty to Grand Larceny

A Caledonia man who continued to steal cars even after he was arrested in three counties pleaded guilty Thursday in Wyoming County Court.

Joshua J. Sumeriski, 18, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree grand larceny for stealing a vehicle from a residence in Java in July.

Sumeriski had been indicted and charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree grand larceny.

Judge Michael Mohun set sentencing for Feb. 3. Sumeriski had been arraigned on the Wyoming indictment in October just four days after he allegedly stole a car from a residence in Caledonia.

Sumeriski had been free, despite numerous charges against him for a string of car thefts, with judges citing the state’s bail reform laws as a reason for his freedom.

Sumeriski was first charged on Sept. 13 in connection with thefts in Livingston, Genesee and Wyoming counties. He is accused of stealing a car from a business in Caledonia June 15, from a business in Batavia July 10, from a residence in York on July 11 and from a residence in Castile July 21. The cars were recovered in Cattaraugus County, York, Batavia and Geneseo. Sumeriski was determined to be eligible for release on his own recognizance after his arrest.

On Oct. 7, police say, he stole a car from a driveway on Le Roy-Caledonia Road. He was arrested three days later and charged in Livingston County with third-degree grand larceny four counts of fourth-degree grand larceny because the car contained credit and gift cards, third-degree grand larceny and one count of petit larceny. The car was located in Geneseo.

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