Hornell man charged in alleged Howard burglary

John Zick
Justin Head

Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies charged a Hornell man with burglary and petit larceny Sunday night, June 5, after an incident in the Town of Howard.

Deputies charged Justin Head, 28, of Maple Street, Hornell with one count of third-degree burglary, a class D felony, and one count of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, after he allegedly entered several buildings located on private property off McBeth Road in the Town of Howard.

The property owner called the Steuben County 911 Center after catching a person on their property. Deputies were notified and arrived on the scene and took Head into custody.

A subsequent investigation revealed Head allegedly entered several buildings and stole various items located in the buildings. Steuben County Sheriff Joel Ordway said it was unclear how many of the four or five buildings on the property Head allegedly entered.

Ordway added that Head was metal detecting on the property.

Four boxes of collected items were allegedly placed along a trail leading back to Head’s vehicle. Ordway said the value of the contents in the boxes is still unclear.

Ordway said tapes from surveillance cameras located on the property are still being reviewed to determine how many buildings Head allegedly entered. A camera was located in one of the boxes containing materials Head allegedly stole.

“The property has had trouble with thefts in the past,” said Ordway when asked why the property had surveillance cameras.

Head and another person from his vehicle were transported back to the Sheriff’s Office for further questioning. The other person was waiting in Head’s vehicle during the incident and will not be charged.

Head was arraigned in Bath Village court and remanded to Steuben County jail without bail due to prior felony convictions.

He is scheduled to reappear at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Howard Town court.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are pending.