MADISON COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A suspected car thief is in custody, but the Madison County sheriff Todd Hood says it took multiple agencies and six stolen cars to get him jailed.
According to Sheriff Hood, Joshua B. Sharon, 29, of Oneida stole his first car in the Oneida County town of Vernon Monday afternoon, stealing a total of six in 48 hours. After the first theft, Hood says Sharon made off with a pickup truck, leading state police on a high speed chase.
Sharon also reportedly stole a pizza delivery car in Oneida that same day, involving a second police pursuit. After his arrest, a judge released him on an appearance ticket.
Each time Sharon got arrested, he got released due to bail reform laws, and told deputies he was going to keep stealing cars.
The next day, Tuesday, June 8, Hood said Sharon’s car theft crime spree continued in Madison County. A car with keys in it was stolen from the Walmart parking lot in the City of Oneida and was later located on Falls Road in the Town of Fenner. A second vehicle was stolen from this area and later located on Lewis Point Road in the Town of Lenox.
A Madison County K9 Unit responded to the scene on Lewis Point Road and conducted a track from the vehicle to Stephens Road, where deputies located Sharon and took him into custody once again, police say.
Sheriff’s deputies say he was in possession of methamphetamine at the time of this arrest, and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree along with the other charges.
When Sharon was arraigned, he was charged with the following:
- Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree
- Resisting Arrest
- Obstruction of Governmental Administration
- Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle
- Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fifth degree.
“Now we have him in custody, it took all of these cases so we can hold him…it took all of these cases to finally get him taken into custody and he was going out reoffending doing it over and over again,” said Sheriff Todd Hood.
Police say Sharon is also being charged for failing to register his address as a sex offender.