Grand jury indicts six on felony charges

NORWICH – The Chenango County grand jury met Wednesday and indicted six individuals with a total of 12 felonies and five misdemeanors.

At the proceedings, the District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute as a felon and the jury decides if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person.

• Michael K. Purdy, 19, of 20 South Washington St., Oxford, was indicted on two counts of second degree burglary, C class felonies, one count of third degree burglary, a D class felony, fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property, and petit larceny, both misdemeanors.

Allegedly Purdy entered a home in the Village of Earlville on Nov. 23 and stole a gaming system, a digital camera, an iPod, a bottle of Jack Daniels and $250 in cash from the residence.

Again on Nov. 27, the indictment says he entered a home in the City of Norwich and stole a wallet and purse from inside the residence.

The indictment also says Purdy was arrested Dec. 4 for allegedly stealing more than $350 in cash and donation containers from Hoppie’s Restaurant in Oxford. Following his arrest, police say they discovered stereo speakers in his possession that were reported stolen. He was indicted for petit larceny after allegedly stealing “a number” of cough medicine bottles from Bartle’s Pharmacy in Oxford Dec. 2.

Police said at the time of Purdy’s arrest that he was the prime suspect in over a dozen home burglaries and a number of thefts where items were taken from unlocked vehicles.

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