Cornell University police used a Craigslist advertisement as part of their investigation into motorcycles reported stolen in October.

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Cornell University police used a Craigslist advertisement as part of their investigation into motorcycles reported stolen in October.

February 6, 2019

Two Men Charged With Stealing Motorcycles From Cornell’s East Campus, Police Say

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Over the course of the last two months, local police charged two men with larceny for motorcycle thefts that occurred on Cornell’s East Campus. Four motorcycles were reported stolen in October 2018, valuing together at about $7,500, Cornell Police said.

One of the owners of a filched motorcycle believed he saw his motorcycle in a Craigslist advertisement near the time of the report of the theft, according to a CUPD press release. Based on this Craigslist posting, Cornell Police and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to retrieve one of the stolen motorcycles from the Town of Brooktondale.

An investigation led police to two of the remaining three missing off-road motorcycles. Lucas Thomas, 38, and Jason Denmark, 42, were both charged.

Thomas was arraigned on Dec. 19 at Ithaca Town Court; at the time of his arrest, he was already incarcerated at the Tompkins County Jail. Denmark was arrested on Jan. 27 by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office for arraignment in Lansing Town Court. He was placed in custody at Tompkins County Jail in lieu of a $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.

Both men were charged with three counts each of fourth-degree felony grand larceny.