NORWICH – While being processed for an unrelated cocaine possession arrest, it was discovered 31-year-old Aaron M. Bishop of Plymouth was also the prime suspect in a grand larceny case, and he was remanded without bail by the local court. Bishop was later arraigned in Chenango County Court for grand larceny and remanded back to the county jail with bail.
On Feb. 27, following a traffic stop in the Town of Columbus, the Sheriff's Office had arrested Bishop for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. It is alleged Bishop was found to be in possession of cocaine during the traffic stop.
Bishop was to be processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Columbus Court at a later date.
While Sheriff's Office deputies were processing Bishop after his arrest, it was discovered that Bishop was a suspect in a grand larceny investigation regarding the theft of $1,000 and a firearm from a Town of Plymouth residence.
A deputy interviewed Bishop and allegedly confirmed Bishop was the thief who had stolen the cash and firearm from the Plymouth residence.
Bishop was initially charged with two felony counts of grand larceny, arraigned in the Town of Plymouth Court and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
After it came to light that Bishop has a previous record, which included a federal felony, he was later remanded back to the county jail without bail.
On March 18, Bishop was indicted on the charges of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony; criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony; and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor.
It is alleged, per the indictment, that on or about Feb. 19 or Feb. 20 at a County Road 19 residence in the Town of Plymouth, Bishop did steal and possess a Smith and Wesson 357 revolver model 686 and $1,000 cash that belonged to another person.
On March 27, he appeared in Chenango County Court before Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr. to be arraigned on the charges he was indicted on. He was in shackles and orange because he was still being held without bail.
Bishop pleaded not guilty on all counts.
According to District Attorney Joseph A. McBride, Bishop is a predicate felon who was previously convicted of stealing firearms from a local sporting goods store.
McBride said the FBI took an interest in the crime and that it was processed in the federal system.