Police investigating a pair of burglaries in Marcellus Tuesday apprehended the man believed to be responsible — and also arrested a driver who crashed into a police vehicle parked at the scene.
The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that at about 5:36 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a South Street home in the village of Marcellus after the homeowner discovered a broken window and a small amount of money missing. While deputies were conducting the investigation, a second burglary, which was reported to be in progress, was occurring at a residence located on Bradley Street.
Police said that additional deputies responded to that residence and discovered a broken living room window. Upon checking the interior of the house, deputies found Nicholas Olenych, 27, of Gifford Street, Syracuse, hiding in an upstairs closet.
Police said that their investigation revealed that Olenych was also responsible for the burglary on South Street, and he was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree petit larceny.
He was arraigned in Centralized Court and was sent to the Justice Center on bail set at $2500 cash or bond.
While sheriff’s crime scene technicians were investigating the burglary on South Street, deputies said they witnessed a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, crash into the rear of the department’s unoccupied crime scene van.
The driver of the Equinox, Holly Laprade, 42, of Coon Hill Road, Skaneateles, was traveling northbound on South Street while under the influence of alcohol and while texting on a mobile device, police said.
Laprade, who was not injured, was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI and operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or higher.
She is scheduled to appear in the Town of Marcellus Court on July 10.