Sex Offender Absconder / Gang Member Charged
On today’s date at 1:26 am an officer on routine patrol and checking behind a closed business (Mustad – 241 Grant Ave) observed an occupied suspicious vehicle. The officer and a responding back up officer made contact with the occupants, a male and female, to investigate further.
During the investigation the male subject provided what was later determined to be a false first name and birth date. He was also found to be in possession of 2.9 grams of marihuana. Officers proceeded to place the male under arrest at which point he pushed one of the officers, physically resisted their efforts and tried to flee on foot.
During the struggle the male was continuously reaching for his lower right leg as if he was trying to retrieve something and eventually a 19” machete in a sheath fell from the male’s right pant leg. The male was attempting to reach for the machete and arm himself however the officers were able to obtain control of him by use of physical force and when one of the officers deployed his taser from its holster.
The male subject was later identified as Alejandro Meza, 21 of 2 Schwartz Dr Apt #205 Auburn. He was determined to be a sex offender absconder from Illinois, currently wanted by the Elgin, IL Police Department and a known gang member of the MS-13 Street Gang.
Meza was charged with the following offenses:
Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th
Unlawful Possession of Marihuana
Meza is being held pending arraignment in the police department’s temporary holding facility.
The adult female was cooperative and was not charged. It was determined their purpose for being behind the building was for a sexual encounter.
The police officers were uninjured.
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Public Service Announcement – City of Auburn Voice Message Phone Line
The City of Auburn would like to inform the public that on or about February 25, 2014, a Verizon phone line used for voice messages, which is associated with several departments within the City, was inadvertently shutoff.
The City is currently working with Verizon to rectify the problem. At this time residents in the community and others may experience an issue when contacting some of the affected departments. The Auburn Police Department is one of the affected agencies, and is unable to receive any voice messages. The City is requesting that the citizens of Auburn try the following alternatives until the matter is resolved.
The City is requesting that all Police matters be addressed by priority.
• If a Police emergency occurs please call 911.
• Non-emergency please call 315-253-3231 or 253-3235
• Tips/Case matters please utilize the web http://www.auburnpolice.com/contact/ and select Submit a Tip.
The City is requesting that for issues or matters related to other departments within the City, citizens contact the appropriate department during normal business hours by phone or in person, and in the event of an emergency nature utilize 911.
The City would like to apologize for any inconvenience this matter has caused. The City appreciates the patience and understanding of the community, and is working diligently to resolve the matter. The City will provide an update regarding the restoration of service once that is confirmed.
Public Service Announcement – City of Auburn Voice Message Phone Line
Subject charged with multiple offenses in 2 separate incidents
On today’s date at 10:52 am officers were dispatched to Fitch Ave near South St regarding a suspicious male. The male was reported to be going door to door soliciting donations on the behalf of the Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY which is located on York St in Auburn. Upon arrival of an officer the male fled on foot. Following a foot chase he was taken into custody in the yard of a Chapman Ave residence.
The suspect was identified as Calvin M. Laning, 18 of 33 N. Division St Apt #2 Auburn. The SPCA location was contacted and confirmed this individual was not working for them collecting donations or in any other capacity.
Laning was charged with Attempted Petit Larceny and Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd in this incident.
Laning was additionally charged in an unrelated robbery which took place in the area of Orchard St & Jefferson St on February 4, 2014 at about 8:00 pm. In that incident Laning forcibly stole money from a victim younger than 17 years of age. Police had been seeking Laning since the incident and had obtained a warrant for his arrest.
In that matter Laning was charged with Robbery 3rd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was held pending arraignment in Auburn City Court on all charges.
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Commerical Burglary Arrests
The Auburn Police Department would like to announce the arrest of two suspects related to a commercial burglary, which occurred on 10/14/2013 in the early morning hours, at Suzy’s Tavern 6 Lexington Ave. City of Auburn.
The Auburn Police were initially called to the scene after the owner discovered that someone had entered the building and stolen an ATM, and an undisclosed amount of cash. The ATM was subsequently located on 10/15/2013 in Fort Hill Cemetery. The ATM had been damaged and the cash removed.
During the next several weeks law enforcement officials from the Auburn Police Department, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, NYSP Elbridge, and the Camillus Police Department, conferred in regards to similar crimes within their jurisdictions. A joint investigation began which ultimately resulted in the identification of Charles Baker and Andrew Leader as the prime suspects.
The Auburn Police Department secured warrants for the arrest of Charles Baker and Andrew Leader on charges of Burglary in the third degree and Grand Larceny in the third degree.
On today’s date both subjects were arrested on the City of Auburn warrants and arraigned in Auburn City Court. Both Baker and Leader were remanded back to the Onondaga County Justice Center.
Anyone having any additional information regarding the case may contact the Auburn Police Department or Det. Bergenstock at 253-3231 or 258-9880. All callers may remain anonymous.
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Residential Burglary Arrests
On today’s date at about 11:40 am police arrested two individuals for a burglary of a School St apartment in December of 2013. The residence was under renovation and several power tools were taken. The property was recovered by police at Pawn King onTeall Avenue in Salina, Onondaga County. Related charges will be pending in Onondaga County in the near future.
Arrested were: 1) Robert Jermaine Johnson Sr, 42, currently a transient in Geneva, NY
2) Kimberly A. Ortiz, 22, currently a transient, Auburn
Both until recently frequented another residence on School St near where the burglary occurred.
They were charged with: Burglary 2nd
Criminal Mischief 4th
Ortiz was arraigned in Auburn City Court and remanded to the Cayuga Co PSB Jail on $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond bail.
Johnson was also arraigned in city court and remanded on $2,500 cash or $4,500 bond.
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Rape 2nd Arrest
On today’s date the Auburn Police Detective Bureau reports the arrest of nineteen year old Jacob Jackson of Auburn, NY. Jacob was arrested for Rape in the second degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The arrest stems from an alleged sexual encounter with a fourteen year old female, who resides in the City of Auburn.
The investigation began after a complaint was made by the victim, and a concerned family member. The victim reportedly met Jackson while he was a senior at the Auburn High School and she was a freshman. Jackson and the victim allegedly had a sexual relationship near the end of June 2013, after the school year ended.
The investigation determined that although the act was allegedly consensual, the victim was unable to consent due to her age. Jacob was interviewed and cooperated with investigators. On today’s date Jacob turned himself in to the Auburn Police Department, and was arrested on the above charges. Jacob was arraigned in Auburn City Court and released on his own recognizance.
Auburn Police are unsure if anyone else might 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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City Solicitation Reminder
Several energy companies have applied recently to the City of Auburn for a permit to solicit business within the city. Any company/person interested in soliciting door to door is required to apply for a permit. Each application is reviewed by the City Manager and the Police Chief prior to the issuance of the permit. Not all of the companies are granted permission to solicit within the city. With that in mind, the City of Auburn Police Department would like to remind residents to remain vigilant when dealing with door to door solicitors. If a person stops at your residence we offer the following suggestions:
1. Do not open your door if you are not interested or feel uncomfortable with the person at your residence. If the person does not leave after a short period of time call the police. Non-Emergency dial (315)253-3231 or Emergency dial 911
2. If you do decide to speak with the solicitor demand that they first show you their permit issued by the City of Auburn. The permit should contain a photograph of the person, pedigree information, the company that the person is soliciting business for and an expiration date. If no permit is provided ask the person to leave your property and call the police.
3. If after speaking with the solicitor you are not interested in the product simply indicate same to the person and make sure he/she leaves your property.
4. If the person refuses to leave your property or becomes overly aggressive during their sales pitch, do not become confrontational. Close your door and call the police.
5. Finally, always report suspicious activity in your neighborhood to police, whether it be from a solicitor or otherwise.
There are legitimate companies that request to solicit business within the city and we do not want to deter that but the safety and security of our residents is our primary responsibility and the Auburn Police Department remains committed to that mission. Further information regarding the permit application process or whether a company/person has a valid permit can be obtained in person at the City Clerk’s office or by calling (315)255-4100.
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Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, so is “Black Friday” and the shopping season in anticipation of Christmas. With that in mind, Chief Brian Neagle and members of the Auburn Police Department would like to offer the following crime prevention tips:
- Even though it is a busy time of the year with a lot on your mind, always be aware of your surroundings.
- Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area and as close to the entrance of the store you intend to shop at. Never leave your vehicle running unattended for any period of time.
- - Lock your vehicle and make sure windows are completely up and secured.
- - Lock passenger compartments of your vehicle including the glove box and center console.
- - Never leave packages or valuable items in plain view. Remove them from the vehicle or secure them in the trunk.
- - Avoid carrying large sums of cash, bring only what is needed such as a driver’s license and a credit card; carry those items in your pocket.
- - If you must use an ATM, use one inside of a well-populated building or a well- lighted area. Only withdraw the amount of cash that you will need for that day and protect your PIN from the view of other people.
- - Always carry a cell phone and have emergency contacts programmed into the phone.
- - Always report suspicious activity.
- - Shop with a friend and if you feel concerned for your safety ask a store employee, store security or law enforcement officer to escort your to your vehicle.
- - Be sure to lock your windows and doors even when you leave the house for a short period of time.
- - When you leave your home for extended holiday travel, have a neighbor or friend watch your home while you’re away. Have them collect your mail and newspapers while you’re gone.
- - Place lights, radio, and television on timers so that your home appears occupied.
- - Avoid having large displays of gifts visible from windows and doors.
The Auburn Police Department remains committed to the safety and security of its residents and would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.
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Sexual Abuse Arrest
A 29 year old Port Byron man, formerly of Auburn, has been charged with several sex crimes related to incidents involving children under 11 years old and a dog.
Stephan D. Lane of 8089 Barnes Rd Port Bryon was charged with the following offenses;
Criminal Sexual Act 1st
Sexual Abuse 1st
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2 counts)
Lane had sexual contact with a child under the age of 11 years old on more than one occasion between August 2013 and October 2013 at a residence in the City of Auburn.
Lane also displayed adult sexual aids and masturbated in front of another child under the age of 11 years old on more than one occasion between August 2013 and September 2013 at a residence in the City of Auburn. Lane also engaged in sexual conduct with a dog, also in front of this second child
Lane was arraigned in Auburn City Court and remanded to the Cayuga County PSB Jail on no bail.
Lane was acquainted with the family of the children and had opportunity to commit these acts. Cayuga County Child Protective Services was also involved in the investigation and the children are now safe.
The investigation began when the children disclosed the incidents to an adult family member who contacted police.
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The investigation into the recent series of residential burglaries has continued to include the execution of a search warrant at a Park Place C/Auburn residence. This resulted in the recovery of stolen property from a burglary on Perrine Ave C/Auburn reported on October 10th and Silver St Rd T/Fleming burglary reported on October 22nd. A vehicle stolen from Silver St T/Fleming was also recovered nearby. Additional arrests have occurred as a result of this.
Detectives from the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Dept and investigators from the NY State Police participated in the search warrant. The property traced to the Fleming residence was turned over to the State Police who are handling that investigation. The stolen vehicle was turned over to the Sheriff’s Dept who are handling that investigation.
Additional recovered property was traced to a residence onChapman Avewhere it was determined a burglary had recently occurred however residents there had not reported this to police.
A previously charged 16 yr old resident of Chapman Ave Auburn was additionally charged with Grand Larceny 4th and Criminal Mischief 4th related to a Perrine Ave burglary.
A 17 yr old resident of Park Place Auburn was charged with Burglary 3rd, Grand Larceny 4th, Criminal Mischief 4th, and Petit Larceny for a Perrine Ave burglary. This subject was also charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th in regards to the Chapman Ave burglary. Both are being held at the Cayuga County PSB Jail.
The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected. Anyone with information is asked to call 255-4702 or 255-4705
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