New York State Police, the Auburn Police Department, and cayuga County Sheriff’s Office all were involved in a burglary investigation on Monday.
The report came in for a burglary in progress at 2042 West Genesee Street in Aurelius.
The occupant of the residence had fled to a neighboring home. It was also reported at the time that the suspect entered the residence with a weapon. That’s when deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Auburn PD responded.
A perimeter was quickly established by responding law enforcement and a male subject, identified as Kenneth Scott, 30, of Auburn, was discovered hiding in a farm field.
A suspicious vehicle was also located near the residence where the operator was found to be intoxicated.
After that initial investigation there was concern that a second suspect may have been remaining inside the residence.
State Police Crisis Negotiators and the State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) responded to the scene.
A search warrant was secured from the Cayuga County Court, which was executed by the State Police SORT team, rendering the scene safe. After a thorough search of the residence by investigators, large quantities of drugs, drug paraphernalia and US currency were secured from inside of the residence.
Scott was charged with first-degree burglary for entering the residence and displaying a weapon. He was sent to the Cayuga County Jail pending arraignment.
The occupant of the residence, identified as Eric Prior, 23, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He was sent to the Cayuga County Jail pending arraignment.
Meanwhile, Harry Fearon, 24, of Union Springs was charged with driving while intoxicated and processed at the scene to appear at a later date in local court.
State Police say they were assisted by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, the Auburn City Police Department and the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force.
This investigation is ongoing with further charges and arrests pending.
State Police request that anyone with information related to this incident or location, to contact Inv. William Treat at the SP Auburn Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 315-253-3103.