Sheriff Lansing reports that on September 2, 2014 at about 1:24 AM, while doing commercial property checks, members from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office located a broken front window at the Subway Restaurant located at 15 Catherwood Road in the Town of Lansing.
There has been an ongoing investigation involving the Sheriff’s Office, The New York State Police and the Ithaca City Police Department in regards to dozens of Commercial and Residential burglaries. During this joint investigation, suspects and suspect vehicles had been developed. One of the suspected vehicles was spotted in the area of the Subway Restaurant a short time after a broken window was discovered. Deputies stopped the vehicle and spoke with the occupants Leandre Lovett, age 21 of Ithaca and Nadie Leigh Phoenix, age 24 of Ithaca.
Lovett and Phoenix were interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office where they alleged to have committed over twenty burglaries throughout Tompkins County to include, The City of Ithaca, The Village of Trumansburg, The Village of Dryden as well as two in Chemung County. Lovett and Phoenix were both charged with one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony and two counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony. The investigation is continuing with assistance from the New York State Division of Parole and the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office. More charges are forthcoming.
Both defendants were arraigned before Judge Banfield in the Town of Lansing Court. Lovett has been remanded without bail and Phoenix has been remanded with $25,000 cash or $50,000 bail bond. Both defendants are scheduled to appear in the Town of Lansing Court on this Friday, 09/05/2014.