OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City Police Department has been investigating a series of larcenies committed at several local businesses, which have occurred over a period of time beginning Dec. 27, 2011.
Based on descriptions given by victims, combined with video surveillance footage obtained from several of the businesses, police were able to determine that the crimes were committed by the same suspect each time and that he appeared to be acting alone.
The actions of the suspect in each crime were similar. Specifically, he would enter the business and state that he was waiting for someone to meet him, and then wait until the employees were otherwise distracted at which time he would steal money from the cash register.
Although the suspect had never provided his real name, still photographs and descriptors were broadcast to all patrol personnel.
On Jan. 5, at approximately 3:15 p.m., an Oswego City Police Sergeant observed a male who appeared to be the suspect shown in the still photographs. The male was on foot in the area of West Cayuga Street and West First Street.
Upon approaching the suspect officers were able to confirm that he was the same individual depicted in the still photographs.
The suspect was identified as 28 year old Christopher E. Diehl, of Oswego. Diehl’s last known address was 125 County Route 89, Oswego, however he currently has no permanent address.
Diehl was taken into custody and transported to the Oswego City Police Department, where he was charged with three counts of Petit Larceny (A misdemeanor), for each of the following Dec. 28, 2011:
Stole $30 cash from the register at Avendel Bath and Body, located at 137 W. Second St.
Stole money bag from Kiss $ Makeup Minerals, located at 142 W. Second St.
Stole $120 from the register at Taylor Rental, located at 195 W. Fourth St.
Diehl was arraigned in Oswego City Court and released on his own recognizance, with a return date of Jan. 31 at 9:30 a.m.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed.
Oswego Police are asking anyone with information regarding these or other similar incidents to contact Sgt. Chris Pooler, at 315-342-8130. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Department’s tip-line at 315-342-8131, or email [email protected]