LANSING, N.Y. — A Trumansburg man was arrested early Friday morning after police say they responded to a burglary complaint at an auto shop in Lansing.

Paul R. Watkins, 37, was taken into custody and charged with third-degree burglary, a class D felony, after he allegedly forced entry into Monro Muffler Brake and Service in Lansing and stole cash and merchandise.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that deputies responded to a call from Monro in the early morning hours on Friday. The complainant reported that someone had broken into the shop through a window and an undisclosed amount of cash had also been stolen from inside the business.

After investigating, police say they arrested Watkins, who was arraigned in the Town of Dryden Court before Judge Jules Ravo. He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail on a $2,500 dollar cash or $5,000 dollar bail bond.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.