9 Arrested For Chocolate Plant Break-in

FULTON, NY – Today (07/13/2010), Fulton Police have arrested several area people for their connection to a burglary at the Fulton Chocolate and Confection Company.

The investigation originated on June 29, when police were called to the New York Chocolate plant for a reported break-in and vandalism to the property.

Investigation found that several individuals had gotten inside the property and discharged several fire extinguishers throughout a large portion of the building and defecated inside a room of the building.

The cost to clean the property was estimated at $3,800.

It was also found that the individuals stole numerous miscellaneous items from throughout the property which totaled a cost of $4,254.50.

The investigation revealed that six adults and three juveniles under the age of 16 were involved in the incident.

The adults are identified as:

  • Jeremy W. Bailey, 22, of 234 Oneida St., Fulton
  • Nolan R. Webster, 17, of 116 N. Seventh St., Fulton
  • Joseph E. Swatkowski, 16, of 603 Ontario St., Fulton
  • Charles A. Morelli III, 18, of 618 Ontario St., Fulton
  • Nicholas M. Peacock, 17, of 369 S. Third St., Fulton
  • Tyler F. Clark, 18, of 118 Cedarwood Drive, Fulton

Each defendant is charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, fifth-degree conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree criminal tampering.

Peacock wasn’t charged with criminal tampering.

Police would not release the names of the three juvenile suspects due to their age.

They will be charged in Family Court for crimes that, if committed by an adult, would be burglary, grand larceny, criminal tampering and conspiracy.

The six adult defendants were arraigned in Fulton City Court before Judge Ludington.

All but Peacock were remanded to Oswego County Jail.

Fulton Police say that the investigation into these incidents is continuing and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact police at 598-4504 or www.fultonpd.com

Original report below:

YNN reports that Fulton Police have arrested 9 people for the break-in at the former Fulton Chocolate and Confections plant.

The report has no other details.

We have an inquiry pending at Fulton PD and will provide information as soon as we have it.