No question someone collecting scrap metals can make a little extra money, but stealing over $3200 in aluminum guardrail posts from the Ontario County Highway Department is perhaps a bit over the line.
On Sunday (2/5) at 2:30 p.m. an alert Macedon Police Sergeant Tom Cooman, spotted a vehicle with an expired vehicle inspection sticker on Route 350. The officer watched as the passenger cracked his door open and dropped a beer can on the side of the road. Consumption of alcohol in a vehicle would be the least of their problems for the driver and passenger.
Upon inspection, the officer spotted new aluminum guardrail posts and the jig was up for the driver, Jonathan S. Hall, age 20, of 22 Maple Avenue in Victor and his dad, Jonathan P. Hall, age 52, of 238 Marlette Drive in Farmington.
Police discovered the guardrail posts were stolen from the Ontario County Highway Department and were on their way to Alpco Recycling on Route 31F in Macedon to be sold for scrap metal. Further investigation revealed the father and son duo had made two previous trips from the Highway Department to Alpco with other allegedly stolen metal items.
The Halls were charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 3rd Degree. Jonathan Jr. was also ticketed for Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle after police found another can of beer in the vehicle.
Both father and son were arraigned in Macedon Town Court and remanded to the Wayne County Jail on $5000 cash each.
On Tuesday, upon their release from the Wayne County Jail, both Jonathan Jr. and Jonathan Sr. were picked up by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and arraigned on charges of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree. They were arraigned in City of Canandaigua Court and remanded to the Ontario County jail on $5000 cash/$10,000 bond.