While conducting search warrant, police discover major marijuana
The 78 year-old man never trusted banks. He began compiling cash at his East Port Bay home in Wolcott in the 1970s. The burglars involved knew the old man kept some cash around the house and even admitted to breaking in and taking small amounts in the past.
On March 22nd, Peter Baugher, age 30, of 12212 Tyrell Road in Wolcott, along with Adam Purdy, age 27, of 7537 Old Lyons Road, Lot 60 in Lyons broke into the home and stole a large, gun safe. According to police, they had no idea what the safe contained.
The safe was taken to the home of Joseph Williams, age 28, and Victoria Williams, age 28, both residing at 5111 Owl’s Nest Road in Marion. There, the safe was opened and the gang realized their windfall. Inside the safe was an assortment of large and small bills, totalling $405,000.
State Police Investigator Doug Thomas and Investigators from the Williamson State Police station closed in on Baugher. He was interviewed and arrested on Monday, March 28th and charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree. Baugher, a drug user and predicate felon was arraigned and remanded to jail on No Bail.
Following Baugher’s arrest, on March 29th, a search warrant took place at the Joseph Williams’ residence. Police recovered $68,000 of the stolen cash and also discovered a marijuana growing operation on the third floor of the residence. Police seized 380 marijuana plants and growing equipment.
Joseph Williams was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree and Unlawfully Growing Cannabis. He was arraigned by Marion Justice Sam Bonefede and remanded to jail on $10,000 cash/$25,000 bond.
The following day (3/30) Victoria Williams was also charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree and Unlawfully Growing Cannabis. She too was arraigned by Marion Justice Sam Bonefede and remanded to jail on $10,000 cash/ $25,000 bond.
Police began searching for Purdy and on Tuesday night (4/5), both he and girlfriend, Amber L. Shove, age 23, of Wayne Center Rose Road in the Town of Rose were tracked down on a shopping spree at Eastview Mall in Victor.
Purdy was charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree. Police recovered $17,000 in cash in Purdy’s possession. He was arraigned and remanded to jail on No Bail.
Shove was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree. Police alleged she possessed a portion of the stolen money. She was arraigned and remanded to jail on $10,000 cash/$25,000 bond.
According to police, Purdy allegedly purchased two used Honda Civics with some of the money. Joseph Williams purchased a snowmobile trailer, dragster race car, a motorcycle, multiple 4-wheelers, new tires and a new tool box.
Records show Shove is on probation for a petit larceny conviction, Purdy is currently off parole for a burglary conviction and Baugher is on parole for various theft and drug arrests.
According to Investigator Doug Thomas, more arrests may be pending for those attempting to hide any of the ill-gotten cash. “It is too bad these people squandered away this man’s life savings to satisfy their own greed and drug use,” said Investigator Thomas.