LOCKPORT – A Hartland man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in State Supreme Court to an indictment accusing him of burglarizing two homes and a convenience store.
James W. Kohl, 33, of Orangeport Road, denied two counts each of second-degree burglary and third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, along with third-degree burglary and third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Kohl is accused of an April 23 break-in at a home on Lake Avenue in the Town of Lockport in which a large amount of jewelry was stolen. He allegedly tried to sell it April 24 and 25 at two stores in downtown Lockport.
Kohl also is charged with stealing a safe, which contained a credit card, from a home on Ridge Road in Hartland on Feb. 19, and with taking more than $1,000 in merchandise from the Yellow Goose store on Rochester Road in Royalton on the night of Dec. 21-22.
Michael A. Smith, 25, of Washburn Street, Lockport, was indicted on charges of second-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny in the Lake Avenue burglary but has not yet been arraigned.