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Baseball cap connects accused burglar to his alleged crime

A man charged with burglarizing a Wyoming County business was arrested after authorities said they found him wearing a hat with the victimized business's name on it.

The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office investigated a suspicious person complaint at the Empire Livestock building on Wyoming Road near Route 19 in Covington shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, it was determined the business had been burglarized.

Wednesday afternoon, sheriff's deputies spotted a man walking down State Route 19 near Mungers Mill Road in Warsaw wearing a baseball cap that read "Empire Livestock Marketing," the Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities said they determined that the man, Carl M. Vander, 22, of Bergen, had broken into Empire Livestock, damaged the interior of the business and stole the cap from inside a dump truck parked in a garage on the property.

They charged Vander with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny. After being arraigned in Covington Town Court, bail was set at $5,000 cash. He was held in the Wyoming County Jail and is due in court on Feb. 27.

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