TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) responded to Little Lawn Equipment on Elmira Road in the Town of Newfield for a reported burglary at approximately 11 p.m. on Nov. 16.

During the investigation, evidence was found that implicated 29-year-old Leandre D. Lovett, of Ithaca, as a suspect, police said.

On Nov. 17, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office with an active criminal investigation near New York State Route 96 and County Road 143, where Lovett was identified and taken into custody. The situation resulted in a several hours-long shelter-in-place order, though it appears Lovett was taken into custody without further incident.

The TCSO has pending second-degree burglary charges against Lovett, and he will be arraigned at a later time on those charges in Tompkins County.

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