Man Accused Of Car Break-Ins On Grand Island Arrested

February 1, 2011 Updated Feb 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM EDT

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Man Accused Of Car Break-Ins On Grand Island Arrested

February 1, 2011 Updated Feb 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM EDT

( release ) Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is announcing the arrest last night of a 38 year old Grand Island man in connection with a series of vehicle “break ins” on the Island over the past several months.

Michael Paonessa turned himself in yesterday to authorities after a lengthy foot chase in the Riverside area of the City of Buffalo. He was charged with grand larceny in the third degree (D Felony) after detectives and road patrol deputies from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for his mother’s Wallace Drive home on Grand Island and found stolen property matching the description of items taken from several unlocked vehicles.

The stolen items, taken over a period of six to nine months included, GPS’; portable radios, tools, etc. and were valued at approximately $10,000.00.

“Michael Paonessa was a one man crime spree in the Sandy Beach area of Grand Island”, said Sr. Detective Alan Rozansky. “Basically he stole anything that wasn’t nailed down. We believe he committed upwards of 75 larcenies”.

Paonessa is at the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Grand Island Town Court.

Detective D. J. Granville and Deputies Brian O’Hara, Mark Bristow, Michael Haug and Adam Imiolo assisted in the case.