OSWEGO, NY – On Sunday, at approximately 8:35 p.m., Oswego City Police were dispatched to 107 Murray St. regarding a reported stolen vehicle which had just occurred.
Upon arrival, the complainant advised police that he had witnessed an unknown suspect driving his vehicle, a red 2003 Dodge Dakota, and it had last been seen leaving the area southbound on Murray.
Due to fresh fallen snow, responding officers were able to follow the vehicle’s tire impressions and track the vehicle to the area of Mark Fitzgibbons Drive and West Fifth Street Road (County Route 25), where it appeared to travel south on 25, exiting the City limits.
Oswego Police requested Oswego County law enforcement units be notified, at which time an Oswego County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived to assist.
Also on scene assisting were United Sates Border Patrol personnel. All units continued to track the vehicle, and quickly located the vehicle parked in the driveway of 806 County Route 25, and observed a man standing near the open driver door.
As responding personnel exited their patrol vehicles, the man fled the area. Again, due to the fresh fallen snow, police were able to track the suspect’s foot impressions directly the area of 884 County Route 25, approximately one half mile away.
The suspect was located lying down behind a stone wall in the area, and was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Shariff O. Edmond, of 144 W. Third St., Oswego.
Edmond was transported to the Oswego City Police Department, where he was charged with one count each of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree (E Felony), and Resisting Arrest (A Misdemeanor). Edmond was arraigned in Oswego City Court, and released on his own recognizance with a return court date of Feb. 21.
Oswego Police are investigating whether Edmond may be connected to other recent vehicle thefts, although at this time there does not appear to be a connection.
Oswego Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or other similar incidents to contact them, at 315-342-8120. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Department’s tip-line at 315-342-8131 or email [email protected]