Saturday, February 5, 2022

Sumeriski Stole Numerous Vehicles from Across the Area:
Teen gets jail, probation for car theft;
bail law blamed for extended freedom

Joshua Sumeriski
A Caledonia teenager who stole cars in three counties even after he was arrested was sentenced to local jail and probation Thursday in Wyoming County Court.

Joshua J. Sumeriski, 18, had pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for stealing a car from a residence in Java in July. Judge Michael Mohun sentenced Sumeriski to six months in jail and five years probation.

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. He 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.

Cases remain pending against him in the other counties.

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