Open Cases

Anyone with information is asked to contact a detective by calling 315-253-1610 or emailing

Sheriff David Gould reports that on June 24, 2017 the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into the overnight larceny of a 2016 Terex TC35 Excavator from Carroll Equipment on Route 5 in the Town of Sennett.  This excavator would have had to have been loaded onto a trailer or some similar device for transport away from the scene.  Anyone who was traveling on Route 5 in the area of Carroll Equipment during the overnight hours of June 23rd into the morning hours of June 24th who may have seen this equipment being loaded and removed from the area can contact Detective Sergeant Frederick Cornelius at (315) 253-1222.  Tips can also be left on  Anonymous tips are welcome.

12/23/15 Members of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office are continuing the investigation into an armed robbery that occurred on Haiti Road in the Town of Mentz on Thursday October 22nd at approximately 10:00 PM. A victim of the robbery was struck by an intruder that entered the victim’s home and demanded money. The injuries sustained did require the victim to need immediate medical treatment.

The ongoing investigation has determined that a neighboring residence was burglarized during the same time frame of the robbery. Multiple guns were stolen from the burglarized home as well as other property that included a Jeff Gordon NASCAR car collection. The actual stolen cars are pictured below. It is believed that both cases are related.

10/22/15  The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a reported armed robbery that occurred at a residence on Haiti Rd in the Town of Mentz on Thursday October 22nd at approximately 10:00 PM. The victims reported that an intruder entered their home and demanded money while being armed with what appeared to be a handgun. One of the occupants of the home did struggle with the intruder and was struck and injured.

Witnesses in the area reported that an older dark colored Chevy or GMC extended cab pickup truck with larger tires and a loud exhaust was observed fleeing the area at the time of the incident and was likely driven by the suspect(s).

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle description, or this incident, is asked to call Detective Steve Smith at 315-253-4869.

You can also contact us via our anonymous tips email,

01-22-2015 to 03-02-2015 The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating numerous reports of truck tires and rims being stolen from Summit Chevrolet Buick GMC located at 318 Grant Avenue in Auburn NY. The tires and rims are being removed from new trucks parked in the dealership’s lot. The thefts currently under investigation have occurred on three different dates.

12-21-2014 Case #14-16091  During the overnight hours of 12-20-2014 to 12-21-2014 unknown person(s) forced entry to the Colloca Estates Winery tasting room and did steal cash. The winery is located at 14678 West Bay Rd. in Fair Haven.

1-25-2014 Case #14-1009 Armed robbery which occurred on January 24th at 9:00pm at the Pit Stop Convenience Store located on Rt. 104 in North Victory. Detectives are attempting to identify a male, dressed in full camouflage, with a blue and white cloth bag over his head, armed with a camouflage long gun, who entered the store and demanded money from the cashier. The perpetrator got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The perpetrator was operating what is believed to be a light colored, possibly gray, older model 2 door Cadillac or similar style vehicle. The vehicle was last seen northbound on NYS Rt. 38. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO LEAVE AN ANONYMOUS TIP ABOUT THIS OR ANY OTHER INVESTIGATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: Link to video of robbery

Cold Cases

The Cold Cases on this page are unsolved crimes for which investigative leads have dwindled or otherwise gone "cold." If you know anything about these cases, please call (315) 253-1222 or send an email to You can remain anonymous. NEVER confront individuals.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has joined with the Cayuga County SPCA in the investigation into the deaths of two puppies which were found near a creek on Dresserville Rd. in the Town of Sempronius on April 7th, 2015.

The two puppies, one male and one female, were found deceased in a crate with a red water bowl and a blue and white striped zippered sweatshirt. The puppies have undergone Necropsies at Cornell University. The cause of death has been ruled dehydration and/or starvation. The puppies which are officially classified as a “Shepard mix” are similar in appearance to Belgian Malinois. Cornell University has established their age as approximately 5 to 6 months old indicating the puppies were born sometime last fall. It is unknown when they were placed by the creek and it is unknown at this time if the location is where the puppies died or if the deaths occurred elsewhere and the crate later dumped at that location.

We are providing the public with photographs of the crate, a red water bowl and a blue and white zippered sweatshirt in hopes that someone will recognize them and help to identify who these puppies belonged to. The condition of the puppies is indicative that they were malnourished for several weeks prior to their death.

1-22-2014 Case #14-00846 Sheriff David Gould reports the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary to a barn located on W. Lake Rd. in the Town of Fleming. The burglary is believed to have occurred sometime yesterday afternoon into early evening. The barn is located near the pull off area just north of Wyckoff Rd. Vehicle tracks and footprints from at least two perpetrators indicate the perpetrators parked at the pull off and walked to the barn. Stolen were power tools, liquor and some sporting goods.

Burglary which occurred at the Cayuga Village Offices located on Railroad St. in the Village of Cayuga Sometime between Noon Saturday and 11:00am today unknown perpetrator(s) forced entry to the building and ransacked the interior. At this time the only items reported missing are two rolls of stamps however the perpetrators caused significant damage by forcing open locked drawers and cabinets.  (Case #14-01127)


Burglary to occupied residence on Halsey Rd. Town of Mentz. Occupant encountered black male wearing blue and white striped shirt and cut off jean shorts in her residence…. Subject fled into the woods between Halsey Rd and NYS Rt. 38. Suspect described as short, thin build with short hair with a zig zag type pattern shaved into the back of his head. Suspect appeared to be getting ready to steal electronics and other items.  (Case #13-5184)

Missing Persons

Dean E. Dawson
Missing Since: April 25, 1996

DOB: 05/21/55
Age: 40*
Height: 6’02″Eyes: Blue
Weight: 170* lbs
Hair: Brown*
*All characteristics are as of date of disappearance

On April 25th 1996 Dean Dawson spent the night at a friend’s home on State Route 38 in the Town of Sterling, Cayuga County, New York. He was last seen at about 11:30 pm. When his friend awoke the following morning Dean was gone. The friend reported that Dean’s bed had been slept in. There have been no confirmed sightings of Dean since.

There was an unconfirmed sighting on April 26th at 7:30 am on the Nichols Road Bridge in Martville, NY. This is within a couple of miles of Dean’s Friend’s house.

At the time of his disappearance Dawson lead a semi-transient lifestyle and had no permanent address and no vehicle.

The investigation into Dean’s disappearance remains open.