TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in connection with a vehicle theft in the Town of Dryden that occurred in late July. The man is also facing charges for passing a bad check.

Police said Joshua Payne, 22, was charged with two felonies in connection with a burglary at Autoworks in the Town of Dryden, fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree burglary. He was additionally charged in connection to a fraudulent check passed at the Tops in Lansing on Sept. 20.

Payne was arraigned in court and released on his own recognizance by the judge, according to Tompkins County Undersheriff Jennifer Olin.

Police are still looking for two people in connection with the original auto theft in Dryden.

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