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Penn Yan man charged with stealing Jeep

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:26 pm

MACEDON — The Penn Yan man captured Wednesday afternoon after a two-day manhunt in Steuben County has been charged with stealing a vehicle in Wayne County.

Village police charged Tyler B. Davis, 19, Wednesday night with fourth-degree grand larceny. The charge is a low-level (class E) felony.

Macedon Police Department Chief John Colella said Davis is accused of stealing a Jeep in the town on Monday. Police believe he later drove the vehicle to the Steuben County town of Avoca, where he was captured by state police after eluding them for about 24 hours.

Davis was charged by troopers with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana. The possession charge is a class E felony as well.

The search for Davis began Tuesday afternoon, when troopers received a report of a suspicious vehicle and person near Avoca Central School. When troopers arrived, they found the stolen Jeep but no one in it.

Others troopers and state police investigators responded to the scene and saw a young white male, which they later determined was Davis, in a cemetery before he fled into some nearby woods. According to police, he was shirtless and appeared to have a handgun.

At one point, police said Davis was seen by witnesses going through backyards of area homes near the school, about 30 minutes before classes were done for the day. The school went into lockdown for about two hours before police determined Davis was no longer in the area.

Steuben County deputies later joined the search, which utilized state police K-9 units and a helicopter. They searched an area covering about 500 acres, with no results, until calling off the search Tuesday night because of darkness.

The search resumed Wednesday at daybreak and ended about 1 p.m., when Davis was spotted walking on County Road 7 in Avoca and taken into custody by a state trooper after a short chase. Later that day, he was turned over to Macedon police.

Police believe Davis was able to elude them for a time because of his knowledge of the area and its terrain, which is heavily wooded. He told police he slept in the woods overnight.

Penn Yan Police Chief Mark Hulse said Davis, along with another village teen, is a suspect in the theft of a shotgun and handgun from a vehicle in Penn Yan. The shotgun was later recovered in the Keuka Lake Outlet.

Police believe the gun Davis was seen with in Avoca was the stolen handgun from Penn Yan, but he did not have it when he was captured.

The other suspect in the stolen gun case, 17-year-old Patrick Meland of Sheppard Street, has been charged by village police with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He is accused of being in possession of hunting equipment and a laptop computer that were stolen from a home on North Avenue in the village.

Meland is currently in the Yates County Jail on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond. Hulse said Davis will likely be charged by Penn Yan police as well.

Davis is now in the Wayne County Jail on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in Macedon Town Court on Oct. 16.

The crimes Davis has been charged with so far each carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

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