Dryden man charged with grand larceny

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 4th at approximately 6:38 pm deputies responded to an address on Etna Road, in the Town of Dryden for a burglary complaint. Deputies interviewed the complainant at the scene, where the individual alleged that an unknown male was confronted by the home owner after discovering the suspect rummaging through his vehicle. Upon investigation deputies learned that the suspect had also allegedly attempted to enter the residence. Before deputies arrived, though, the individual had fled the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office.During the investigation deputies received a tip, which identified the location of the suspect on Bone Plain Road. When deputies investigated the location, a male matching the description given to them by the complainant was standing outside the home on that property. The male suspect, who was later identified as Karel R. Westerling, 33, of Dryden fled the scene — which led to a short foot pursuit.When Westerling was taken into custody he was charged with attempted burglary in the second degree — a class D felony, grand larceny in the fourth degree — a class E felony, resisting arrest — a class A misdemeanor, and obstructing governmental administration — a class A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Freeville Village Court and was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail without bail. He is due back in court later this month to answer the charges.

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