UPDATE – Unattended Death Investigation

The Auburn Police Department would like to inform the media that as of today’s date the unattended death investigation, which began on June 23, 2014, following the discovery of a male floating face down in the creek near 101 Columbus St., is currently being labeled an accidental drowning.

The preliminary autopsy results were received at approximately 1400hrs, and do not indicate foul play. The final autopsy results will not be available until further toxicology testing is conducted.

The male subject has been identified as Michael Calabrese, age 43, who at the time has no known address on file within the City of Auburn. The family of Mr. Calabrese has been notified and is aware of the status of the investigation.

Investigators are still requesting that anyone who may have had contact with Mr. Calabrese in the last few days, to contact Det. Bergenstock at 258-9880. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Unattended Death Investigation Press Release

On today’s date at approximately 1530hrs 911 received a call of a male subject floating face down in a creek, near 101 Columbus St., near the entrance to Currier Plastics. The caller, a passerby, reportedly discovered the subject while looking for recyclable cans in the brush surrounding the creek.

Responding Police and Fire units determined that the fortyish white male subject was deceased, and an investigation into the circumstances leading to his death began.

At this time the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature, and most likely happened within the last day. However, investigators are awaiting results of an autopsy by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office before making a final determination.

The Auburn Police are asking that anyone with any information about the incident, or anyone who may have witnessed a person or persons entering the overgrown creek area in the 100 block of Columbus St. to contact the Auburn Police Department. Callers may remain anonymous. Please contact Det. Bryant Bergenstock @ 258-9880 or the non-emergency number 253-3231 if you have any information.

The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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Media Release – Cayuga Centers missing children UPDATE

Kendra Dexter, reported missing from Cayuga Centers Juvenile Residential Facility and disseminated to the media on June 18, 2014 has been located. She was reported by the Rochester Police Department to be in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for a condition unrelated to her status as a runaway. No further comments regarding Dexter’s medical condition will be made. Amiya Ince remains missing.

The Auburn Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating these subjects. Anyone with information is asked to call 315-253-3231.

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Media Release – Cayuga Centers missing persons

The following subjects Kendra Dexter and Amiya Ince (see attachments) are missing from Cayuga Centers, 101 Hamilton Avenue. Cayuga Centers is a residential treatment youth facility. They left on their own volition and may be in the company of each other.

The Auburn Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating these subjects. Anyone with information is asked to call 315-253-3231

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Shots Fired / Attempted Armed Robbery

On June 4, 2014 at about 10:34 pm officers were dispatched to the area of Bellevue Place & Woodruff Place on a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival they located a male victim who said he had responded to a Facebook contact with an alleged female who directed him to meet her in that area. The victim went to that location and was approached by 3 subjects with faces obscured, one of which was armed with a handgun.

The male fled on foot however was chased by the suspects and eventually a struggle ensued between the victim and the suspects. The armed suspect fired a shot during the struggle however missed the victim. The victim then fled into a nearby house for refuge and the resident there initiated contact with the police. The suspects fled in an unknown direction of travel.

Witness in the neighborhood confirmed hearing the sound of gunfire and other observations supporting the victim’s reports. The Facebook contact appears to have been an intentional ploy used to bring the victim to the area and the motive appears to be robbery.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Jeffery Mead at 315-255-4702

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Rape 2nd Arrest – Strecker

On May 20, 2014 the Auburn Police Detective Bureau reports the arrest of twenty three year old Steven Strecker of 8 Fort St Auburn, NY. Steven was arrested for Rape in the second degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest stems from an investigation into allegations that Steven had sexual contact with a then fourteen year old female in the summer of 2013.

The investigation began after a complaint was made by the victim, and a concerned family member. The victim reportedly met Strecker in the neighborhood in which she currently lives, and where he was residing at the time.

The investigation determined that although the act was allegedly consensual, the victim was unable to consent due to her age. Steven was arrested a short distance from the police station after dropping off a letter from his attorney. Steven was arraigned in Auburn City Court and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail on $5000/10000. Steven is currently on probation for a 2011 conviction for attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor. Steven was also arrested and charged with Strangulation in the 2nd Degree and Harassment in February of 2014 for a domestic incident which occurred in the City of Auburn. Steven was released after posting bail in that case, and the case is still pending in court.

The Auburn Police are unsure if anyone else may have been involved with the suspect in a related or similar case, and are requesting them to please contact Det. B. Bergenstock at (315) 258-9880 or 253-3231 to report any instances. All callers can remain anonymous.

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Wegmans Purse Thief Arrested

On May 18th 2014 at about 5:19 pm a female shopper at Wegmans, 1 Loop Rd, had her wallet taken from her grocery cart as she shopped. She observed a male subject fleeing with her wallet and chased him. The male gave the victim her wallet back when he realized she was chasing him and then fled the store. Her property was intact.

The subject was unknown to the woman or police. Store surveillance video was obtained from Wegmans and disseminated to News Channel 9’s “On the Look Out” format seeking the public’s assistance.

The suspect’s photo was broadcast the evening of May 20th and multiple calls were received identifying the suspect depicted in the security footage.

On May 21, 2014 at about 9:00 am the suspect turned himself into detectives and confessed fully.

Charged with Grand Larceny 4th Degree was Thomas E. Kriegel, 28, of 13 Court St Apt #4 Auburn. Kriegel was processed and released on an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to appear in Auburn City Court on May 27, 2014.

Any questions may be directed at Detective Christopher Coopper at 315-255-4706

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Pomeroy Park Robbery Incident

On May 9, 2014 at about 11:00 pm a male victim was walking through Pomeroy Park, 6 Bostwick Ave, when he was approached by 3 males who demanded his money and belongings. The victim refused at which point he was attacked by 2 of the males resulting in injuries consisting of scratches, abrasions and swelling to the face. Forcibly taken from the victim was a cell phone, wallet and clothing.

The suspects fled north across Genesee Street into the Church Street neighborhood. An investigation is underway and police are asking for the public’s assistance.

Suspect #1 described as a black male, 23-25 years old, approx 6’1” tall weighing 215 lbs, having a short dreadlock hair style wearing blue jeans with gold logos on them, black T-shirt also with gold logos on it.

Suspect #2 described as a black male, 19-20 years old, 5’6” tall weighing 150 lbs, wearing dark gym shorts, white T-shirt, tan Timberland Boots.

Suspect #3 described as 18-20 years old, approx 6’ tall weighing 120 lbs wearing blue jeans, a dark colored T-shirt. This subject stood by and did not become directly involved.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Brian Blachfield at 315-255-4703

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Forgery Arrest

On March 24, 2014 at 1847 hrs the Auburn Police Department responded to the report of a stolen credit card complaint. The City of Auburn resident reported that his credit card had been stolen from his vehicle earlier in the afternoon. Upon returning home, and reporting the card as stolen, he was advised that several unauthorized charges had been made on the card, at various locations within the City of Auburn.

Upon further investigation a suspect was developed. A warrant application was submitted to the Auburn City Court for the arrest of the suspect on the below listed charges.

On May 10, 2014 Joshua W. Breck was arrested at his residence and charged with the below listed crimes. Joshua Breck was held on no bail.

On today’s date Joshua W. Breck was arraigned in Auburn City Court and bail was set at $10,000/cash $20,000/bond. Joshua was remanded to the Cayuga County Jail.

Joshua is currently out on bail for an arrest on July 02, 2013 in which he was charged with the same type of crimes.** Joshua is also out on bail for a January 02, 2014 arrest for Sexual Abuse in the first degree. Both charges stemmed from investigations conducted by the Auburn Police Department.

The Auburn Police Department would like to remind the public to remove valuables from their vehicles, lock their vehicles, and to report suspicious persons lurking around vehicles or residences. If you have additional information concerning this case please contact the Auburn Police at (315) 253-3231. Callers are reminded that they can remain anonymous.

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Burglary Arrest

On April 13, 2014 at approximately 1730hrs the Auburn Police Department received a report of larceny at 18 E. Genesee St., Salvation Army, from an Auburn resident. The victim reported that her wallet, contents, apartment keys, and cell phone had been taken from her wheel chair, which she is confined to, sometime after being assisted down the stairs by individuals preparing for dinner at the local soup kitchen.

A search of the surrounding area was conducted by patrol and some of the items were recovered outside the building.

The victim eventually returned to her residence a short distance away and discovered that she had been the victim of a burglary. The victim reported various items stolen, including various prescription medications.

The investigation into the burglary resulted in a determination that the burglary had occurred after the victim’s keys were stolen from the Salvation Army, and were then used to access her apartment building and apartment. Surveillance images captured at the apartment complex implicated a lone suspect.

A warrant application was submitted, to Auburn City Court based on evidence developed in the investigation.

On May 09, 2014 the Auburn Police Department arrested Clyde G. Bennett III, 1 Jefferson St. Auburn, NY.

Clyde Bennett was charged with the below listed charges and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail without bail.

The Auburn Police Department is requesting that anyone having information regarding this case, or the whereabouts of the proceeds of the crime to please contact the Auburn Police Department or Det. B. Bergenstock at (315) 253-3231 or 258-9880. Callers may remain anonymous.

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