Police: Syracuse man admits to breaking into 86-year-old woman’s home, stole her car

Vincent Brush (DeWitt Police)

A Syracuse man admitted to stealing an 86-year-old woman’s car from her garage after breaking into her home and taking the keys from her purse.

According to DeWitt Police, on Wednesday, the woman told police that she heard a noise in her kitchen but got no answer when she called out. She later went to her attached garage to see her car had been stolen along with the key that was in her purse in the kitchen.

Investigators said they located the car unoccupied on Thursday around 3 p.m. near the 2100 block of East Fayette Street in Syracuse. Shortly after, two women got into the car and were stopped by officers. They told the officers that they bought the car off someone they knew as Vinny, and they were taking the car back to him at the Franklin Plaza on Kirkville Road, according to officials.

Police said they responded to Franklin Plaza where they found a man that fit the description and who they recognized from previous criminal activity. They Identified him as 36-year-old Vincent Brush.

According to police, Brush was brought to the department for questioning and admitted to committing the burglary. He was arrested for burglary in the second and grand larceny in the third.

He was arraigned in DeWitt court and sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center without bail. The two women were released after the investigation determined they were not involved in the burglary.

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