A fourth Genesee County man has been charged with burglary and grand larceny following a 3½-month investigation into a pair of thefts that took place in May at the same house, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
Deputies said the burglaries occurred May 18 and May 21 at a Telephone Road residence in the Town of Pavilion.
In the earlier burglary, two people entered the home at 2:18 a.m. and took cash from a wallet and purse on the kitchen table.
In the second of the two burglaries, three people entered the home at 2:45 a.m. and took a safe containing cash and savings bonds.
It's not clear whether the burglars broke into the house or entered through an unlocked door or other means, and the Sheriff's Office did not report the value of the money and bonds stolen.
Sheriff's Investigator Roger Stone declined to comment when asked whether, and why, the burglars targeted the home. He said a tip did help investigators in cracking the case but declined to comment further.
Three of the accused were arrested in early June: John H. O'Shea, 20, of Le Roy; Dylan J. Hawkins, 20, of Pavilion; and Anthony J. Gonzales, 20, of Le Roy.
The fourth, Joshua M. Bratcher, 22, of Le Roy, was arrested Friday.
Hawkins and Bratcher are accused of participating in the May 18 burglary, while Hawkins is accused of taking part, along with O'Shea and Gonzales, in the May 21 burglary.
O'Shea already was facing burglary and grand larceny charges after Le Roy police say he broke into the former Jell-O plant on North Street in April and stole items from a business located in the facility, the Batavian reported in May.
The Genesee County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Le Roy police in the investigation into the Pavilion burglaries, a probe that continues.