Baldwinsville Onondaga County Sheriff detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Burglary Investigation Unit have charged an East Syracuse man in connection with a string of storage facility break-in’s throughout Onondaga County.
On May 13, Ronald Cottrell a.k.a. Ronald Euson, 32, of 219 West Ellis St., was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and one count of criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree. Cottrell, a frequent vendor at the market, is accused of possessing a .25 caliber handgun with the intent to sell it at the Central New York Regional Farmers Market.
At approximately 5:15 a.m. Sunday morning, witnesses alerted a Sheriff’s deputy, working an off duty security detail, that Cottrell was trying to sell a handgun to other vendors as they waited for the market to open. When confronted, the handgun was located, secured and Cottrell was taken into custody without incident. Coincidentally, detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Burglary Investigation Unit recently developed Cottrell as a suspect in multiple storage facility burglaries and were called to further their investigation.
On March 23, detectives released surveillance video of a Van Buren storage unit being burglarized, which resulted in several anonymous tips identifying Cottrell as a potential suspect. Detectives interviewed Cottrell subsequent to Sunday’s arrest and have additionally charged him with 51 counts of burglary in the third degree, 52 counts of possession of burglar tools, 49 counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, two counts of criminal mischief in the third degree, four counts of grand larceny in the third degree, five counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree, five counts of petit larceny and one count of criminal trespass in the third degree. Cottrell is currently being held without bail at the Onondaga County Justice Center after being arraigned in the City of Syracuse Criminal Court and the Town of Clay Court.