Two Men Charged With Burglary and Setting House On FireOct 15th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
New York State Police have arrested Justin L Elmendorf, age 20, and Michael S Sanicola, age 18, both of Olivebridge, charging them with, Burglary in the first degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the first degree and Arson in the third degree, all felonies.
On Monday, the New York State Police at Kingston in conjunction with the Town of Olive Police Department responded to a fully engulfed structure fire at 622 Acorn Hill Rd, in the Town of Olive. The Ulster County Fire Investigation Unit responded and found the cause of the fire to be arson. Police found through their investigation that two subjects had broken into the residence to steal property. The two men were found to have stolen a 9 mm handgun, three long guns, two motorcycles, chainsaws and other personal property all of which was recovered by the State Police.
According to police, following the theft, Elmendorf and Sanicola set fire to the house and the garage.
The buildings were unoccupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were sustained.
The State Police and the Town of Olive PD were assisted at the scene by the Olive Fire Department, Olive First Aid, Kripplebush Fire Department, Accord Fire Department, Mobile Life and the Ulster County Fire Investigation Unit.
Elemendorf and Sanicola were arraigned before Town of Olive Town Justice Timothy Cox who remanded both to Ulster County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 Bond.