Two arrested in string of larcenies

John Christensen
Brian A. Holland

An observant Penn Yan Police officer has led to the capture of two alleged thieves responsible for the theft of catalytic converters from dozens of car dealerships across several states.

According to a report from the Yates County Sheriff's Office, the patrolman saw a suspicious vehicle at Friendly Motors on Rte. 14A just south of Penn Yan at approximately 3:30 a.m. Jan. 7, and notified the sheriff's office. The deputy who responded discovered that Brian A. Holland, 27, of 2681 Hickox-Ulysses Road, Genesse, Pa., and Cassie M. Green, 27, of 3364 West Yorkshire Road, Chaffee, N.Y. had just stolen three catalytic converters, valued at an average of $4,260 each, from new Dodge pickup trucks in the dealer's lot.

Both Holland and Green were charged with third-degree grand larceny, arraigned in the Town of Milo Court, and remanded to the Yates County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond each.

Questioning of the subjects and evidence from previous larcenies revealed that Holland was involved in numerous similar thefts in New York, Pennsylvania, and states as far away as Indiana. Yates County Sheriff's investigators contacted the Pennsylvania State Police who, based on evidence and leads from Yates County, were able to obtain a search warrant for Holland's residence. There, they recovered a quantity of stolen exhaust components and a 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck stolen in Pennsylvania.

Another subject was arrested there, and more arrests are expected in the ongoing investigation.