GHENT — More arrests are possible following the Aug. 28 arrest of a Nassau man who illegally entered a barn in Ghent, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Marco A. Genito, 39, of Nassau, was arrested at approximately 3:55 p.m. Aug. 28 and charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny, both class D felonies, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The owner of the Ghent farm reported a burglary at the farm to Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne on Aug. 20, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A John Deere zero turn lawn mower was allegedly stolen from one of the farm’s barns and an investigation was started in which evidence, including video surveillance footage, was collected.
The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch identified a suspect after reviewing the video surveillance footage and Genito was subsequently located and interviewed, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Police say he admitted to his involvement in the theft of the lawn mower, which investigators recovered.
Genito was arraigned in the Ghent Town Court before Judge Michael Bruno and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He is due to appear in the Ghent Town Court on Sept, 17 at 6 p.m.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at 518-828-4316. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.