Niagara Gazette

September 3, 2013

Somerset man charged after damaging ankle monitor

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to a Somerset home on Monday by Niagara County Probation officers who reported they conducted a home visit after getting a signal from the device that it was bing tampered with. 

The officers said upon inspection of the GPS ankle monitoring device, attached to the leg of Brandon L. Rutherford, 18, 8691 Lake Road, it was determined that an effort had been made to remove the device from his body.

The monitor was considered inoperable due to the damage done by Rutherford, the probation officers said. The value of the device is $2,500.

Rutherford was charged with second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree criminal mischief. Bail was set in the amount of $2,500.