Former Richfield Springs resident Edward Ostrander, was convicted earlier this month following a February 9 court hearing, on charges of robbery in the third degree. Ostrander was sentenced to one to three years in a state prison, according to Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl.
Charges relating to a meth lab investigation and bust last February by the New York State Troopers were dropped, Muehl said.
As of presstime Tuesday, The Mercury could not get a comment from state troopers regarding why charges against Ostrander in relation to the meth lab investigation and arrest. Muehl said troopers said there was not enough evidence gathered in the meth investigation to press charges. “There has to be a certain amount of chemicals and a certain amount of equipment,” Muehl said.
Evidence gathered in relation to the golf course robbery only showed Ostrander had entered one building, Muehl added.
At the time of the robbery, last February, The Mercury reported that “more than $12,000 in antiques and collectibles were stolen from two residences and seven outbuildings located on the Otsego Golf Club grounds. Some of the items stolen included antique 18th and 19th century weaponry, clocks, furniture and computer hardware.”
That same month state investigators arrested Ostrander on charges of operating a meth lab at 136 Main Street, in Richfield Springs, the apartment that at the time was rented by Ostrander, then 36 years old. It was reported then that, via a search warrant received for the purpose of recovering stolen items, state troopers discovered an operational methamphetamine lab in the apartment.
The second and third floors of the building were temporarily condemned at that time, by the Otsego County Code Enforcement, pursuant to Section 108.10 of the NYS Property Maintenance Code.
Richfield Springs troopers referred The Mercury to officials in Oneonta, but no comment could be obtained prior to deadline.