Kodak employee/Ontario resident charged with theft of $90,000 in tools and maintenance supplies
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, accompanied by members of Kodak Security, executed a search warrant at the home of Andrew Burke, age 51, of 450 Berg Road in the Town of Ontario back in late February.
During a search that lasted at least five hours, several large trucks were loaded with merchandise by Sheriffs Deputies, and Kodak Security officials. About a dozen vehicles were at the residence during the search warrant.
According to police, it took Kodak until April to inventory and establish a value on all the tools and maintenance supplies found at the Burke residence, allegedly stolen from the Rochester Company while Burke was employed at Kodak.
Police indicated Burke had been a long-time employee of Kodak. On April 5th he was charged with Felony Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree. The value assessed to the stolen merchandise was set at $90,000.
Burke turned himself in to Sheriff’s detectives, was arraigned and released after posting a $1500 bail. In his defense, Burke’s lawyer told Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy that his client felt he had the right to take the stuff since Kodak was closing the plants. The items were taken over several years.