State police in Elbridge reported Wednesday that a Skaneateles woman allegedly broke into at least five houses in the town and village of Skaneateles and in Auburn during late December and allegedly stole jewelry and gift cards.
The report was the result of a joint investigation between the state police and the Skaneateles Police Department.
Amy Stayton, 39, of 3811 Sadler Road, was charged by state police with two counts of second-degree burglary, a felony, according to police. She was also charged by the Skaneateles police with second-degree burglary, a felony, and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.
State police said their investigation began when they received a report of a burglary at a residence on East Street on Dec. 28, during which a suspect allegedly stole Walmart gift cards and used them at a Walmart, according to police.
SPD was investigating similar burglaries on Jordan and Jewett roads in the town of Skaneateles, which ended up being allegedly committed by Stayton, according to police.
Charges are pending with the village of Skaneateles, as another alleged burglary by Stayton is being investigated, and charges are also pending in Cayuga County, according to police.
Police said Stayton was cooperative with investigators and was arraigned in the town of Skaneateles and released on her own recognizance. She is due back in court in Skaneateles in February.