HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM) — A man has been arrested for allegedly starting a fire and stealing a vehicle from the Chemung County Fairgrounds over the weekend, according to the Chemung County Sheriff’s office.
Jeremy Montgomery, 38, of Elmira was arrested Thursday for intentionally starting a fire inside a concession stand on the morning of March 6, 2022. Montgomery is also accused of breaking into and stealing property from a horse stall before stealing a pickup truck. The truck was recovered at a later date.
Montgomery is also a suspect in an additional fire at a local business located near the Fairgrounds.
His charges are listed as:
- Arson in the third degree: a Class C Felony
- Burglary in the third Degree: a Class E Felony
- Grand Larceny in the third degree: a Class E Felony
Montgomery was arraigned in the Town of Horseheads Court and was released on his own recognizance under New York’s State bail reform. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Elmira City Police Department in locating Montgomery.
Photos of the fire damage can be seen in the slideshow below:
Early last month, Montgomery was also indicted by the Chemung County Grand Jury for allegedly stealing a vehicle on Christmas Eve last year. According to the indictment, Montgomery allegedly stole a 2014 GMC Sierra worth $22,000 in the City of Elmira on December 24 and “recklessly” cause more than $3,000 damage.