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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Bath men face charges in car theft incident

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  • By James Post
    jpost@the-leader.com
    BATH | Two Bath men are facing charges after they allegedly stole a vehicle in the Village of Bath and were stopped by authorities with the vehicle in Schuyler County, where one of them allegedly fled police and stole another vehicle.
    Bath Village Police say Thomas C. Duane, 26, of East William Street in Bath, took a motor vehicle from a garage in Bath without permission from the owner.
    Police said it’s unclear when the vehicle was taken – the owner was unaware it was missing until they were contacted by police early Tuesday morning.
    Duane and Joshua Simons, 23, also of East William Street in Bath, were pulled over for speeding at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday by Schuyler County Sheriff’s deputies on State Route 14 in the Town of Reading, authorities said.
    During the stop, the two allegedly tried to flee on foot.
    Simons was caught by the deputies and returned to the Village of Bath, where he was charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.
    Duane evaded capture and then allegedly took another vehicle, a pickup truck belonging to a logger that was parked at a work site in the Town of Reading.
    That truck was spotted by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Bath State Police when Duane returned to the Village of Bath, police said.
    When Duane did not pull over when instructed to by police, the vehicle was remotely disabled through its OnStar system on Liberty Street near the Chat-A-Whyle restaurant, and he was taken into custody, police said.
    Duane, who was on parole for a previous conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, was charged in Steuben County with third-degree burglary and second-degree unauthorized use, both felonies, and held on a warrant for violation of parole.
    He also received a number of traffic citations and a ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana.
    Duane faces another felony charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Schuyler County for the second alleged vehicle theft.
    He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail, and will appear today in Bath Village Court. He’s set to appear in Town of Reading Court on the Schuyler County charge at a later date.
    Simons is set to appear in Bath Village Court on May 7.

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