NORWICH – Thomas L. Ackermann, a 25-year-old Norwich resident, admitted to stealing property out of cars and attempting to sell stolen guns with his brother, and was sentenced to prison for both crimes.
Ackermann was already incarcerated at the Chenango County Correctional Facility in December of 2014 when his brother was arrested and remanded to the county jail for attempting to sell stolen guns.
According to First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese, Ackermann was already incarcerated at the county jail for stealing property out of Norwich residents' vehicles.
Ackermann also received additional charges for helping his brother attempt to sell the stolen guns in November of 2014, which was before he was arrested and remanded for possessing property he had stolen out of cars.
According to the Chenango County Sheriff's Office, deputies had received a phone call from a person who had been suspicious about the cheap price of guns he had considered purchasing. Following an investigation, it was found that the men who had possessed and attempted to sell the guns were the Ackermann brothers.
Both brothers were indicted on Jan. 21, 2015 for two counts each of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a class E felony.
It was alleged, per the indictment, on Nov. 25, 2014 at a Town of Otselic residence, that Ackermann - while acting in concert with his brother - did knowingly possess three stolen weapons, consisting of a Ruger 308 M77 Winchester rifle, a Ruger 77/50 muzzle-loader and a Remington 870 shotgun, to benefit themselves or another person other than the owner. The guns had an approximate value of $1,960 and belonged to a Town of Otselic resident.
Ackermann was also indicted on Jan. 21 for the separate case regarding the vehicle thefts. He was indicted on criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a class E felony, and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor.
It was alleged, per the indictment, on Dec. 9, 2014, at approximately 2 p.m. at a residence in the City of Norwich, Thomas did knowingly possess stolen property, consisting of a XPS-M14 Dell laptop computer and a XJ-A140V Casio projector belonging to one Norwich resident; two DVD players, $40 in loose change and a wallet belonging to another Norwich resident; and an Apple iPod belonging to a third Norwich resident, to benefit himself or another person other than the owners.
On April 27, 2015, Ackermann pleaded guilty to two counts of the class E felony of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree in full satisfaction of both indictments.
Ackermann said he has a history of drug addiction and is currently prescribed the psychiatric medication Seroquel.
Ackermann said his brother originally possessed the stolen guns and that he did not ask his brother whether or not they were stolen at the time. He said it “was not his place to ask,” but he also admitted he knew they were stolen.
Ackermann said he helped his brother attempt to sell the stolen guns.
“I was trying to get money to purchase drugs,” said Ackermann.
On May 11, 2015, Ackermann reappeared in Chenango County Court to be sentenced as a predicate felon.