Man faces charges in alleged burglaries

Staff reports

A Town of Addison man is facing charges after a lengthy investigation into burglaries at local businesses.

Eric B. Freeland, 28, formerly of County Route 2, Addison, was charged Thursday, December 29, with three counts of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, and fourth-degree grand larceny, a Class E felony, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said.

Freeland was arrested after a 1.5-year-long investigation by the New York State Police in Bath and Painted Post and the sheriff’s office.

Freeland allegedly burglarized the Pinnacle Golf Course in Addison, the Addison Town Highway Department, a private barn in the Town of Thurston, and the Ranch 226 Bar and the Cream of the Crop Ice Cream shop in the Town of Bradford.

During their investigation, State Police recovered two ATVs stolen from the barn and a chainsaw stolen from the highway department. Sheriff’s deputies found a floor safe taken from the golf course Dec. 23 during a search at a Miller Road location in the Town of Addison. The safe was stolen from the golf course in July of 2010, the sheriff’s office said.

Freeland was arraigned before Bath Town Justice James Burns and sent to Steuben County Jail on $7,500 cash bail and $15,000 property bond.

He will appear in court Jan. 11.

Further charges are pending.