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Red Creek man convicted on burglary charges after Cato bank robbery incident

District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced the conviction of a man accused of burglary and attempted robbery.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Valdina prosecuted the case against Jason Ingleston, who attempted to rob the Community Bank branch in the village of Cato.

Budelmann said Ingleston wore a motorcycle helmet into the bank, and handed the teller a note demanding money- claiming he had a gun. After the teller refused to give him money- Ingleston fled the bank and then burglarized a home on Veley Rd. in Ira.

By that time, a large number of state police and other local law enforcement had arrived in the area.


The jury trial began April 5 with jury selection lasting two days. The jury of seven women and five men returned their verdict on April 13, according to Budelmann.

Ingleston was already a convicted felon, according to the DA’s office, and now faces a number of years in prison. Sentencing is slated for June 22.

Ingleston is currently being held at the Cayuga County Jail.

“This defendant brought terror to the quiet community of Cato and the People will ask the Court to impose a significant sentence upon this repeat offender. We thank the jury for its time and hard work throughout this trial. We also credit the New York State Police for their excellent investigation, as well as Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Valdina for his successful efforts,” District Attorney Budelmann said in a press release.

Valdina previously lived in Red Creek.



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