Howard man charged in connection to burglary

Andrew Poole
Eric T. Bebout

A Howard residentis facing a felony charge for allegedly breaking into a North Hornell business and stealing cash and New York State Inspection stickers in 2011.

Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies charged Eric T. Bebout, 23, formerly of Tuttle Road in Howard with third-degree burglary, a class D felony, after he allegedly broke into the Midas Muffler Shop on Sept. 11, 2011.

The incident was reported to deputies early the following morning.

Investigating a separate incident that occurred two months later led deputies to Bebout and the recovery of some of the stolen materials.

During an investigation into a Nov. 10 armed burglary in Savona that led to first-degree burglary charges filed against Jason Loper, John and Samantha Dellapenna, and Andrew Lemmon, some of the stolen inspection certificates were recovered in Samantha Dellapenna’s Seneca Road North apartment.

After speaking with the suspects in the Savona burglary and a source regarding Bebout, deputies apprehended the Howard resident Tuesday morning while he was appearing in Bath for a parole appointment, according to Undersheriff Ray Dell.

Bebout subsequently confessed to the North Hornell burglary during questioning, added Dell.

Another suspect is believed to be involved in the incident. Dell couldn’t comment as to the other suspect’s identity.?Bebout was arraigned in Bath town court and remanded to Steuben County jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court on Jan. 6 to answer charges.

The Hornell police department and the New York State Division of Parole assisted in the investigation.