Updated at 10 a.m. on 10/28 to add the names of the individuals arrested.
Update (10/27): Five people have been arrested following a burglary that took place at the Star-Gazette building in Elmira on Friday morning.
According to the Elmira Police Department, Elmira Police Investigators were working on several burglaries in the area and were checking multiple vacant buildings when they found the doors of the Star Gazette building open.
After entering the building, one person was seen running from the building and was captured in the area. The other people involved were seen running through the building and were immediately detained. Police say that the people were in the process of cutting out copper pipes and large gauge wire in the building, leaving extensive damage.
As a result, five people were arrested and charged with Burglary in the third degree and Criminal Mischief in the second degree, both class D felonies: Levi Bailey, 29, of Elmira; Erica Hurler, 39, of Westfield; Patrick Davis, 43, of Painted Post; Blaine Hurler, 39, of Westfield; and Christopher Gee, 52, of Elmira. All of them are being held and will be summonsed in the Elmira City Court.
The investigation into the incident is still active and additional arrests may occur as it progresses. Anyone that has any information relating to the incident is encouraged to contact the Elmira Police Department at 607-737-5626 or 607-271-HALT. Information can also be sent anonymously to www.cityofelmira.net.
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) — A large police presence was seen outside of the old Star-Gazette building early Friday morning, with police confirming numerous people have been arrested.
Elmira Police, New York State Police, and Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies surrounded the building around 8:45 a.m. Friday morning, Oct. 27.
According to Yuri Charlanow, head of the Elmira Police Detective Bureau, numerous people have been arrested for stealing copper and wiring within the building.
At least one officer was placed around the building while the main force went inside through the loading dock.
An 18 News reporter at the scene saw at least one person being placed in the back of a patrol car in front of the building.
Information is limited at this time, 18 News will update the story when more information becomes available to us.