Jamestown man goes on a spree

A Jamestown, N.Y. man charged in connection with over a dozen arsons – 12 in Jamestown and another in Butler – has been sentenced for theft charges in Warren County.

Jonathan Hardy Young, 21, faces charges in two states as a result of a crime spree in early 2017 and was in Warren County court on Monday to face charges here.

The Jamestown Post-Journal reported that Young was charged with setting 12 separate fires in March 2017 in Jamestown, N.Y. and Falconer, N.Y. Police previously indicated that he acted alone and have not revealed a motive.

His targets included, for example, occupied and vacant buildings, an abandoned garage, and condemned structures. All of those arsons occurred between March 2 and March 25, 2017.

According to the Butler Eagle, Young was arrested in Slippery Rock in Butler County on March 28 – immediately after setting a house on fire there.

He made it from New York to Slippery Rock – in part – by stealing a car in Warren County, the Times Observer previously reported.

The affidavit of probable cause, in that case, indicates that on March 27, 2017, a Warren County resident contacted Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police to report that his 2017 Toyota Corolla had been stolen from his garage.

Young told police that he had walked from New York into Pennsylvania along Rt. 62 and entered the victim’s garage, walking into his kitchen to take his keys.

Driving to Oil City, Young told police that he left the car there because he didn’t want to be in a “‘hot’ car after it had been reported stolen.”

Young appeared before Judge Gregory Hammond on Monday afternoon and pled guilty to felony theft by unlawful taking – movable property and misdemeanor loitering and prowling at night time, online court records show.

In exchange for the plea, a first-degree felony count of burglary – overnight accommodations; person present, bodily injury crime was not prosecuted by the Commonwealth.

Hammond then sentenced Young on Monday to 39 to 78 days incarceration on the theft charge and “no further penalty” at the loitering charge, court records show.

The Post-Journal indicated that officials in Chautauqua County are waiting to see what happens to the Pennsylvania charges before prosecuting Young.

His sentence in Butler County has already been satisfied.

He was sentenced in April to 15-30 months in prison – with credit for a year time served – for the Butler County arson, online court records show. On May 4, his public defender there filed a motion for parole and the court ordered that he could only be paroled to authorities in Westmoreland County or the state of New York, online court records show.

The Jamestown Post-Journal reported that Young was expected to be paroled and placed in the custody of Chautauqua County officials.

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