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Police link Canton man to string of break-ins

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CANTON — An attempted daytime car robbery Monday led to the arrest of a Canton man who admitted responsibility for a rash of thefts around the village, but police believe he may not have worked alone.

Cody Walrath, 18, of 42 Miner St., was charged by village police with one count of petit larceny.

Police said he was discovered at 7:15 a.m. by private investigator Donald J. Tracy, Canton, when Mr. Walrath decided to climb into the driver’s-door window of Mr. Tracy’s car, which was parked at 22 Miner St.

Police said Mr. Tracy, Canton, had parked near his business, the Quest Firm LLC, when he observed the teen’s legs dangling out of his car.

Mr. Tracy immediately left his office and grabbed Mr. Walrath before he was able to escape, police said.

Mr. Walrath is accused of removing some loose coins, a hat and a cellphone from the car.

“I’m sure that we avoided future thefts in town,” Mr. Tracy said. “It’s an awful feeling, having someone like that walking around the neighborhood.”

Police said Mr. Walrath told them that during the past few days, he entered several vehicles from which he took money and small items.

“We’re hoping that this is the start of the unraveling of this thing,” said interim village Police Chief Victor N. Rycroft, who added that he doesn’t know that Mr. Walrath worked alone.

“We’re trying to build a timeline of activity, and he’s filled some of that in, but we feel confident he’s not being 100 percent truthful,” Chief Rycroft said.

Mr. Walrath was wearing a watch that he allegedly had taken from another vehicle earlier in the morning, but police have yet to identify the owner.

During a warranted search of Mr. Walrath’s apartment, multiple items believed to be stolen were recovered, but police said the items have not yet been identified as stolen. They theorize the items may have been taken at night and have not been noticed missing by their owners.

“This was an opportune thing,” Chief Rycroft said of the arrest. “The circumstances just came together.”

Mr. Walrath was arraigned before Pierrepont Town Justice Robert G. Camp and sent to St. Lawrence County jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Police ask residents who may have had their vehicles entered and have not come forward to contact them, regardless of whether anything was stolen.

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