The New York State Police (NYSP) are investigating after numerous marijuana plants were found in Rathbone, New York, and in Tuscarora, New York, in connection with the search for a Steuben County fugitive who was captured on Friday, September 16th.
Troopers with the NYSP discovered a total of 63 plants in a field located between the Canisteo River and Route 119. A NYSP aviation unit found the plants while police were looking for 42-year-old Neil Davis of Addison, NY. Although Davis lives in Addison, NY, court records indicate he has also resided in the following towns: Troupsburg, NY; Ulysses, PA; and Coudersport, PA. Davis was wanted on felony warrants in both NY and PA. He had been evading law enforcement for almost 10 days prior to his arrest.
In addition to the 63 marijuana plants police found in Rathbone, NY, troopers found 234 marijuana plants in Tuscarora, NY, on Tuesday, September 20th. According to troopers with the NYSP, people had been giving them tips regarding a marijuana growing operation. 58-year-old Linda Dartt of Tuscarora was arrested in connection with that incident on September 20th. Dartt faces a misdemeanor unlawful growing of marijuana charge. According to police, she will only be charged with 24 of the plants that were allegedly discovered in her shed as the law dictates. The larger plants will be destroyed at the Painted Post State Police Barracks.
Davis was located in a residence on Old State Road in Tuscarora on September 16th. A news release states that police were looking for Davis after he fled police during a traffic stop on September 7th in Rathbone, NY. According to police, Davis’s arrest went smoothly. He was taken into custody at the Painted Post State Police Barracks. Davis faces the following charges: 3rd degree burglary, a felony; 3rd degree and 4th criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies; and theft of utility services, a misdemeanor.
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office wanted Davis on outstanding warrants in connection with the following charges: 2nd degree burglary, a felony; 4th degree grand larceny, a felony; and unlawful fleeing a police officer, a misdemeanor. In addition, Davis was wanted on charges in Pennsylvania.
At the beginning of September, Davis allegedly took items from Crawford’s Store in Cameron Mills, NY. According to a court docket that was filed in Magisterial District Judge James R. Edgecomb’s office, Davis faces felony retail theft charges and various traffic violations in connection with an alleged incident that took place on August 29th. That case is currently inactive. In addition, Davis faces a misdemeanor retail theft charge and various traffic violations in connection with an alleged incident that took place on July 17th. That case is also inactive.
After Davis’s arraignment in the Town of Erwin Court, he was placed in Steuben County Jail. He is not currently eligible for bail. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The following departments of the NYSP helped in the search for Davis: aviation unit, bomb disposal unit, K-9 unit, uniform patrol, Special Operations Response Team, and Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
In a separate case that was filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Potter County, Davis pleaded guilty to a 2nd degree misdemeanor Crim’l Misch-Tamper W/Property charge on September 3rd, 2015. He was given a prison sentence of 3-6 months. According to the court docket, Davis had to “Take part in all recommended drug treatment programs.” The charge relates to an incident that took place on September 2nd, 2014.
In yet another case that was filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Tioga County, Davis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor 3rd degree Receiving Stolen Property on December 17th, 2012. He was sentenced to 6-12 months in prison in connection with that charge. The charge relates to an incident that took place on July 24th, 2012.