Four Rochester men accused of $10K heist from AT&T store
|James P. Garcia|
|Michael A. Olivo|
|Larry E. Fitoria|
|Anthony F. Bovenzi-Ortiz|
An apparent burglary of Batavia's AT&T store was thwarted overnight when a sergeant with the Sheriff's Office spotted a suspicious vehicle on Veterans Memorial Drive and decided to check it out.
Sgt. Brian Frieday had just left the Park Road station at 3:30 a.m. when he spotted a vehicle road side with its emergency flashers activated.
According to Investigator Kris Kautz, Frieday's suspicions mounted when the driver, the lone occupant of the car, had trouble answering his questions, so he decided to look around.
A window had been broken out of the AT&T store and additional officers from the Sheriff's Office and Batavia PD responded.
Allegedly stolen merchandise was discovered in the Target parking lot.
Shortly before 4:30, three additional suspects were located and taken into custody on Oak Street near Noonan Drive.
Following a daylong investigation, the four young men were arraigned this evening in Batavia Town Court in front of Justice Thomas Williams on a charge of burglary in the third degree and ordered held on bail of $10,000 each.
The suspects, all from Rochester, are identified as James P. Garcia, 23, of 26 Dunn St.; Anthony F. Bovenzi-Ortiz, 18, of 19 Peckham St.; Michael A. Olivo, 20, 162 Atlantic Ave.; and, Larry E. Fitoria, 20, of 5239 Culver Road.
A partial inventory of the allegedly stolen items include a Kindle Fire HD, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Ipad Mini, LG Optimus Pro, Nokia Lunia 920, Blackberry Z10, Samsung Galaxy S-IV, 10 Samsung Galaxy S-IIIs, an Apple iPhone 4, two Apple iPhone 5s and an Apple iPhone 3g.
The total value of the allegedly stolen merchandise is $9,824.
During arraignment, Williams told the defendants that the evidence against them included at least one oral admission.
Olivio asked Williams, "But they got their property back, right?"
Bonvenzi-Ortiz asked Williams, "How do I get out of trouble right now? I'll totally cooperate. I have school tomorrow. I need to take finals to graduate. I just want to go to school and do my finals."
Williams told the young man that without a bail evaluation, which Genesee Justice will complete after meeting with him tomorrow, he had to set bail at $10,000.
None of the defendants have a prior criminal record.
GOOD JOB Sgt. Frieday !!!!!!
(Bonvenzi-Ortiz asked Williams, "How do I get out of trouble right now? I'll totally cooperate. I have school tomorrow. I need to take finals to graduate. I just want to go to school and do my finals.")
Well, Mr. Bonvenzi-Ortiz, I'm thinking you're probably gonna miss class in Rochester tomorrow. But, look at it as a learning moment in LIFE. When you (allegedly) do bad things, then bad things may follow. If you were smart enough to make it through 12-years of school, and are on the way to graduating, then you may be one of the lucky ones. You may be smart enough to change your life. Only time will tell.
Mr. Bonvenzi-Ortiz just contributed to the abysmal number that is the Rochester City School's graduation rate (43%).
I commend Mr. Bonvenzi-Ortiz on his value he places on a High School diploma. However, because of the severity of the crime, I think he is about to enroll in the school of hard knocks.
He doesn't place any value at ALL on a high school diploma. He was just trying to get some sympathy from the judge. If he valued his high school diploma, he'd have been HOME STUDYING for those finals, not coming all the way to Batavia to commit a burglary.
I think the Sheriff's Dept. may want to look at Mr. Fitorio. The address he gave is a parking lot at the very end of Culver Road right before the rotating bridge.
Irene, you are (probably) right. At this point, we only know what's been reported.
As unlikely as it may sound, it COULD be that Mr. Bonvenzi-Ortiz was studying at home, needed an iced-coffee to stay awake, caught a ride to the conveinience store with his 'buddies', and found himself on a 4-hour, wild ride ending up in Batavia.
Could have happened - probably not! That's what investigations are for.
You know, I first read this story quite early in the morning, but that's no excuse. I just re-read it, and 'noticed' this part: "... he spotted a vehicle road side with its emergency flashers activated".
Which led me to (assume) the driver probably WASN'T one of Rochester's recent graduates.
"HERE I AM!" "HERE I AM!" "HERE I AM!" "HERE I AM!"
I get it that cell phones can be unlocked and flashed to different networks, etc., but I still think it's fairly brazen to try to steal a bunch of stuff from AT&T which would immediately be GPS tracked by AT&T if any of it were to be powered on.
if they hire Nicholas Antonucci's lawyer, he should be able to get charges dropped...