Two brothers plead guilty to museum thefts – The Daily News Online: News
Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 12:37 am, Tue Jun 7, 2011.
WARSAW — Two brothers have pleaded guilty to stealing historical artifacts from museums in Castile and Warsaw.
Roy and Michael Ortiz pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and petit larceny Thursday in Wyoming County Court, said District Attorney Donald O’Geen. They will each serve two years.
Sentencing has been set for Aug. 11.
The two men stole Civil War-era swords and a coat from the Gates House Museum back in November 2009, along with a set of moccasins from the Castile Historical Society.
Two of the swords were later recovered from a Rochester store.
Michael Ortiz, 40, remains under indictment in Monroe County for third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Two paintings stolen from Perry Public Library were among the items found at a storage unit in Brockport, state police said last month. The unit belonged to Ortiz’s father.
The Lemuel Wiles pieces were taken from the library in September 2008. They’re valued at more than $9,000 and were recovered after a lengthy investigation.
O’Geen said the two Ortiz brothers are also suspected in the theft of paintings from Mills Mansion in Mount Morris. A federal investigation is continuing.