NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — 2 On Your Side made several attempts Wednesday to reach the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which oversees the Division of Parole.
As of Wednesday evening, our calls and messages were not returned.
Our questions concern parolee, Larry Keiper. Ths NYS Division of Parole had issued the 64 year-old from Niagara Falls a GPS ankle monitor as a condition of his parole for a burglary conviction.
But for a week at the end of June, no one knew where he was or what he had been doing, because Keiper cut off that ankle monitor on June 22nd.
"I would have liked to have known that this guy was on the loose without his ankle bracelet," said an outraged Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour. "You don't cut it off because it's too heavy to wear. You cut it off because you have intentions to do something."
Voutour is calling out the state, saying no one from the Division of Parole notified him, or any other local agencies, that Keiper was on the loose.
He claims he didn't know there was a warrant for his arrest, until police arrested Keiper for breaking into a shed on June 29th.
And now, the level 3 sex offender is the prime suspect in the kidnapping attempt of a 6 year-old girl in Wheatfield, which happened just 24 hours before Keiper was arrested for the shed break-in.
"New York needs to step up and do something so that we're on the same page...so that when someone absconds...someone cuts off their ankle monitor, at least the Sheriff of the county knows. So, we can start looking for this guy. Because I knew nothing about this...nothing."
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says they're in the process of trying to figure out what other trouble Keiper may have gotten into the week he was unmonitored. Capt. Bruce Elliott tells Channel 2 they notified other local authorities about this, as well, "Asked them to go through their files...check with anything that they may have...that might match this."
Since 2 On Your Side did not get a call back from the NYSDCCS we also reached out to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. They said they couldn't speak for another agency, but they would try to get someone from NYSDCCS to call us back.
We also called Governor Andrew Cuomo's press office. We're waiting for a response from them, as well.