Repeat Offender

ELLICOTT – A Kennedy man already facing a variety of charges this year has again been taken into custody following a larceny complaint last week.

Ellicott police on Friday charged Tracy A. Wadsworth, 28, of Church Street, with petit larceny after responding at 2:15 p.m. to K-Mart on Fairmount Avenue.

According to a police report, Wadsworth entered the store and attempted to leave with eight Diehard batteries, a jumper cable and two extension cords without paying.

Police said employees at the store recognized the Kennedy man from a previous larceny incident and alerted police. After attempting to flee the store, Wadsworth was taken into custody Friday and later arraigned in Ellicott Town Court.

He was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, $2,000 property bond.

Police have dealt with Wadsworth multiple times in the past. In June, Wadsworth was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, following too closely and leaving the scene of an accident following a crash on East Main Extension in Falconer.

Just weeks earlier, Ellicott police were summoned to Dollar General on West Main Street in Falconer for a larceny complaint. Following the May 23 incident, an arrest warrant was issued for Wadsworth, who was later picked up by police and arraigned.

According to court records, Wadsworth was released on his own recognizance for the May and June incidents; he is scheduled to appear in front of Ellicott Justice Sally Jaroszynski on Wednesday regarding all charges this year, a court clerk said.

“We have had to deal with this guy a few times already,” Ellicott police Det. Brad Knight said Monday of Wadsworth.