The investigation into a home invasion at the McKinley Avenue Apartments in Penn Yan has resulted in the arrests of three people.
Shortly after midnight December 30th, Penn Yan Police and Yates County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported home invasion in progress. When they arrived, the suspects had fled the scene. Police were told one of the suspects was 30 year old Mae Schenk, of Naples. Officers went to her Italy Valley Road home and after a short on scene investigation, in which she was identified by the victims as a suspect, Schenk was taken into custody. She was charged with felony burglary and conspiracy and was sent to Yates County Jail without bail because of prior felony convictions.
On New Year’s Eve, village police spotted Joshua Woodard driving the car Schenk had used during the home invasion the night before. Woodard stopped at a local gas station and fled on foot when he saw police pull in behind him. A check of his license showed it was suspended and Woodard was on parole. He was taken into custody a short time later and was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles and marijuana. He was charged with criminal possession of hypodermic instruments, aggravated unlicensed operation and unlawful possession of marijuana. Woodard was sent to Yates County Jail in lieu of bail. Following his initial arraignment, New York State Parole issued a warrant for Woodard. He was arraigned again and sent to county jail without bail.
On Thursday, Penn Yan Police arrested 35 year old Matthew Zappetella, of Prattsburgh, for his role in the home invasion. Its alleged Schenk drove Zappetella to the apartment December 30th so he could take money from the resident by force. Once he made entry into the apartment, Zappetella allegedly threatened two victims with a metal baseball bat and demanded money. He was charged with burglary, attempted robbery, conspiracy and attempted assault, all felonies. Zappetella was sent to Yates County Jail in lieu of bail.
Police say the victims were known to the suspects and believe this to be an isolated incident.