Car theft prompts three arrests

JOHNSTOWN-Three teens were arrested in Ohio on Thursday as part of an investigation into a car theft.

According to a news release from city police, a car was stolen from a driveway on South Market Street in the city. Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies had a brief pursuit involving the vehicle, which was last seen on County Highway 107 in Perth. While continuing the investigation, the release said city police were contacted by Ohio State Police, who located the vehicle in Springfield, Ohio, and arrested three individuals in the stolen vehicle.

Tyler M. Pettingill, 18, of Johnstown, Harley D. Ryan, 18, of Gloversville, and Jordan A Koch, 16, of Johnstown, were in the car, police said.

Pettingill was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fifth degree conspiracy, Ryan with fifth-degree conspiracy and Koch with fourth-degree grand larceny.

According to police, Pettingill and Ryan waived extradition and were arrested in Ohio and arraigned in City Court with bail set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. Koch was released to his mother due to being only 16 years old. Koch was issued a ticket as an adult shortly after returning from Ohio.

According to the release from city police Department Lt. David Gilbo, the trio are also suspects in other stolen vehicle cases that occurred in the last six months and more charges are pending.