ONEIDA COUNTY- Authorities say a second suspect has been arrested, involving a stolen auto parts investigation in Rome, NY.
Colton L. Shaffer, 21, of Rome was charged Saturday with felony auto stripping in the 2nd-degree, felony criminal mischief in the 2nd-degree and felony grand larceny in the 4th-degree, according to the New York State Police in Lee.
The charges stem from a two-month long investigation, police said.
He is accused of destroying and damaging multiple vehicles by stripping their catalytic converters for scrap. Authorities confirmed in a press release that Mr. Shaffer acted in cooperation with Richard Tennant Jr., who was arrested earlier this month and accused of doing the same thing.
In addition, police charged Shaffer with felony burglary in the 3rd-degree for a separate alleged incident in the outer district of Rome, where it’s reported that he entered a barn and stole several catalytic converters from vehicles, which were owned by the complainant. Police say he then sold those converters to a Marcy, NY area business for cash.
Shaffer was arraigned in the Oneida County Centralized Arraignment Court and was remanded to the Oneida County Jail on $5000 bail. He is scheduled to return to the city of Rome court on a later date.