Charges dismissed in alleged theft of GPS unit in Tom Reed congressional race

A misdemeanor charge against a Corning resident accused of stealing a GPS unit attached to a campaign sign in last year's congressional race has been dismissed.

Gary McCaslin, a retired Corning minister, was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, for allegedly stealing a GPS tracking unit last summer from a sign that said "Extreme Ithaca Liberal" and was planted on state Route 352 just east of Corning.

The incident occurred July 2, five days after a Democratic Party primary to determine who would face Republican incumbent Tom Reed in the November general election.

The "Extreme Ithaca Liberal" sign was placed at that location by Reed's campaign manager, Nick Weinstein.

Paperwork filed with the Town of Corning Court indicated McCaslin was driving on Route 352 when he noticed all the campaign signs and decided to clean them up.

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