Modified: May 4, 2018 1:58pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 20-year-old Joshua Hobes of Buffalo pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, one count of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Second Degree, one count of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Third Degree, one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and one count of Identity Theft in the Second Degree.
On September 18, 2017, an Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy parked her Sheriff’s vehicle in her driveway in Depew overnight. The deputy reported the SUV stolen the next morning. Another vehicle that had been stolen from a gas station on William Street in the City of Buffalo was located nearby.
A few days later, Buffalo Police located the deputy’s SUV, a pursuit ensued and the driver fled. Surveillance video from the gas station and evidence inside the SUV linked the defendant to the crime.
On October 22, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m., Erie County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Susan Drive in Clarence after a homeowner called, saying a man knocked on her door in an attempt to gain entry into the house. The deputies noticed that a vehicle at another home on the same street had its door open and appeared to have been rummaged through.
The deputies patrolled the surrounding streets and noticed a pickup parked, but running on Thornwood Lane. The defendant was behind the wheel, and he matched the description of the suspect provided by the Susan Drive homeowner. The defendant claimed to be an employee of the company whose logo was on the side of the pickup. The deputies determined that the truck had been stolen from an employee of the company who had the vehicle parked outside his home in the City of Buffalo earlier that morning. In the possession of the defendant, deputies found a paystub belonging to a resident of Susan Drive, a knife and $30 in bills and coins.
Sometime between January 30 and January 31, 2018, an individual or individuals entered Bishop Malone’s residence on Oakwood Place in the City of Buffalo through a backdoor. A coat belonging to a residing priest was taken, which contained keys to the Diocesan vehicle as well as credit cards issued to the priest and the Diocese of Buffalo. Surveillance video from various stores showed the defendant using the credit cards. The defendant was apprehended in the City of Rochester on February 1, 2018 while driving the Diocesan vehicle.
Hobes is scheduled to return for sentencing on June 12 at 9:30 a.m. He faces up to 7 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorneys Rachel Kranitz McPhee of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau and Rachel L. Newton of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecution Bureau are prosecuting the case.