Syracuse, N.Y. — State police arrested an Oneida County man they say sold items he had stolen from Lock 22 in Verona last week.
Dakota B. Mosley, 26, of Rome, was sent to jail after he was charged Monday with third-degree burglary, a felony. But a short time later, he was released from jail, records show.
Mosley is accused of stealing tools and an iPhone from Lock 22 in the town of Verona, state police said in a news release. Troopers in Sylvan Beach were called to the lock after the burglary last Thursday.
The person who called police told troopers a yellow Volkswagen Beetle car “had been seen frequenting the area where the burglary had occurred,” state police said.
State police investigators in Oneida recognized the description of the vehicle from past police encounters and decided to check area pawn shops for any recent transactions made by someone in a yellow Volkswagen Beetle, troopers said.
Their instinct was right.
A local pawn shop confirmed someone with a yellow Volkswagen Beetle had come into the store and sold items, which police say were stolen.
State police on issued a countywide “be on the lookout” for the yellow Volkswagen Beetle of interest. A trooper spotted the car a short time later in the outer district of Rome.
On Monday, state police announced they had arrested the man who they say stole the items. In addition to the stolen items found at a local pawnshop, state police also say Mosley sold the stolen iPhone to someone in Syracuse.
Mosley was transported to Oneida County jail, where he waited to be arraigned on the felony burglary charge Monday morning. Within a few hours, Mosley was released from jail, records show.
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