MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Felony charges have now been filed against a man involved in a chase through western Montgomery County and into Schoharie County earlier this month, including charges related to a stolen ATM, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said.
Officials identified the man arrested as Phillip Deon Jackson, 39, of Syracuse. He faces a total of five felonies, including second-degree burglary.
The incident began just before 4 a.m. Sept. 1 in St. Johnsville, officials said. Jackson is accused of breaking into Ripepi’s Restaurant on Route 5 there, officials said.
Deputies found him to have been driving a stolen vehicle at that time and a pursuit began as he fled the scene, officials said. State police indicated earlier the chase began as a license plate reader alerted on the car.
State police eventually joined the chase in Nelliston, troopers said.
The chase then continued, heading south and ended up in Sharon, where the vehicle went into the ditch near the intersection of Route 20 and Pomella Road.
Both the driver and a passenger fled the scene on foot. Troopers took the driver, identified as Jackson, into custody after a short foot chase. The passenger was not located, state police said.
State police charged Jackson with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
In Montgomery County, Jackson now faces charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies. He also faces misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief and unlawful possession of a radio device, misdemeanors.
Jackson was arraigned and ordered held without bail.
Sheriff’s officials cited the state police and Montgomery County District Attorney Lorraine Diamond for their assistance.