An Elmira man has been indicted on 37 violent felony counts of burglary following a three-month investigation by the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office and Painted Post Police.
David Perry, who also went by the name of David Walker, is accused of entering or unlawfully remaining inside a home in the village of Painted Post with the intent to commit a crime on multiple occasions between February and April.
The investigation started in April when a Painted Post woman reported to police that a man, whom she had been dating and claimed to be David Jones, was really David Perry or David Walker. Police responded to the home and removed Perry at the woman’s request and then began their investigation. Authorities have learned that through false on-line postings and other information provided, Perry had assumed the name of David Jones and claimed to be a retired Homeland Security employee. Investigators say by providing this false information to the victim, Perry not only gained unlawful access to her home and belongings but also began an intimate relationship with her, none of which would have of occurred had he truthfully identified himself to the victim.
Perry, who was at the time of the alleged crimes on parole for two prior felony convictions, is currently being held in Steuben County Jail until further court proceedings.