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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Man faces burglary charges after Canisteo incident, chase

  • A very recent inmate of the Steuben County Jail is back there facing charges of burglary and assault after an incident Sunday morning in Canisteo.
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  • A very recent inmate of the Steuben County Jail is back there facing charges of burglary and assault after an incident Sunday morning in Canisteo.
    The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said a Square Woods Drive resident came home a 7 a.m. Sunday to find an unknown person inside.
    The person was confronted by the alleged intruder, left the residence and called 911.
    Sheriff’s deputies, New York State Police and a Sheriff’s Office investigator who was off-duty but lives nearby responded to the scene.
    The officers searched the residence and then discovered the alleged intruder at the back of the property and began a foot chase.
    They lost contact with the suspect near Canisteo Elementary School, where Canisteo Village Police officers joined them.
    Just after 9 a.m., the suspect was located near the Square Woods Drive residence, leading to another foot chase.
    The suspect was then spotted by a nearby resident, and was taken into custody without incident at the intersection of Pine and Russell streets.
    The suspect, Jacob R. Fronk, 22, formerly of the Town of Hornellsville, was found to have been released from the Steuben County Jail just a few days before on June 12.
    He was taken to St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell for medical treatment, along with the Sheriff’s Office investigator, who was injured during the first chase.
    Fronk was charged with second-degree burglary, a C felony, second-degree criminal mischief, a D felony, and second-degree assault, a D felony.
    The assault charged was linked to the injury to the investigator.
    Fronk was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond.
    He is set to appear in Town of Canisteo Court July 2.
    Further charges in the case are pending, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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