October 21, 2021

Homeless couple accused of stealing from host

A homeless couple was charged with several felonies Monday after police said they stole a dolly filled with items from a home where the owner had let them stay the night.

One of the suspects was also charged in connection with two earlier break-ins, and has previously been charged with others in a rash of more than 20 burglaries and break-ins since last month.

Todd M. Brady, 30, and Jilleen Edinger, 34, were seen about 1 a.m. Monday walking on South Avenue in Cortland with a dolly of assorted merchandise, police said.

A short investigation found the items had come from a nearby home where they were staying the night.

Brady and Edinger were each charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree conspiracy, felonies, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny, misdemeanors, police said.

Edinger was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanors.

Police said they found her with a throwing star.

Following an investigation, Brady was charged later in the day with second-degree burglary and petit larceny, accused of burglarizing a home sometime before Thursday at 26 1/2 Owego St. and stealing a washer and dryer.

Further, he was also charged with fifth-degree conspiracy and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, misdemeanors, accused of breaking into Cortland Machine and Tool at 60 Grant St., Cortland, on Feb. 13.

The three felonies and five misdemeanors are in addition to other felonies and misdemeanors from residential break-ins over the past month, police said.

He is being held at the Cortland police department pending arraignment.

Edinger was released without bail, ordered to appear June 19 in Cortland City Court.

Since April, Cortland police have reported 12 break-ins of residences and businesses — mostly student housing left vacant or businesses closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Another seven cars, none of them locked, were entered, mostly over the weekend of May 9 and 10.