Friday, March 4, 2022

Houses Ransacked: Four houses in Covington were targeted:
‘Extensive multi-jurisdictional investigation’ credited in Covington burglary arrests

Two Batavia men have been charged in connection with a series of brazen daylight burglaries which occurred last month.

Antwan Odom
Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph is credit-ing an extensive multi-jurisdictional investigation for the arrests of Antwan L. Odom and Christopher V. McClinic. “I want to thank the community and those individuals for their assistance in this investigation,” Rudolph said in a news release. “It proves public safety is truly a public venture.

“The professionals of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the Batavia Police Department likewise provided essential support as this investigation trekked out of Wyoming County,” he continued. “Our own Criminal Investigations Division has labored continuously since Feb. 17 running down leads, applying for search warrants, gathering evidence, conducting interviews and assembling an extensive case file to bring this case to this point, and that work has been commendable.”

The Sheriff’s Office received reports of four daytime burglaries on Feb. 17. All were discovered in the late afternoon or early evening, but are believed to have taken place earlier in the day.

Nobody was home at the time, Rudolph said. Entry was made through unlocked doors or windows, or using mild force to get through a door.

Each residence had nearly every room, drawer, cabinet, closet and other spaces rummaged through, he said. The thefts included a small amount of jewelry, nearly $5,000 in cash, a handgun, a crossbow, a muzzleloader and three shotguns.

Several search warrants were executed in the City of Batavia, allegedly resulting in the recovery of some of the stolen firearms, property and related evidence.

Witness accounts of a suspicious vehicle on the day of the burglaries and an anonymous tip to city police were vital to the investigation, Rudolph said.

Odom, 21, and McClinic, 20, were each charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, which are Class “C” violent felonies. Odom was committed to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail while McClinic was granted pre-trial release.

Odom is well-known in Genesee County, after being found innocent of stabbing a Batavia High School football teammate in 2019. He had also been charged by city police with third-degree assault several weeks ago after allegedly punching a person in the face in a separate incident.

The investigation is continuing. Those with information is still asked to call the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office at (585) 786-8989 or its Confidential Tip Line at (585) 786-8965.

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