NEWS

Man caught living in dental office

Hilary Smith

A homeless man was charged Tuesday with third-degree burglary after he was found to be living in the basement of Dr. Vincent Bingo’s dental practice at 8623 Main St., Honeoye, N.Y., without the owners’ knowledge or consent, Ontario County sheriff’s deputies said.

Timothy Reid Szabo, 34, was arraigned in town court and sent to the Ontario County Jail on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bail bond.

Darlene Walton, the practice’s office manager, had noticed an odor in the office the morning of Dec. 31. Suspecting a plumbing malfunction, she tried to cover the smell with bleach. When the smell persisted, Walton and her assistant, Linda Koehnlein, thought a dead animal might be the source.

Local plumber and handyman Ellis “Stuff” Alger went into the office basement to investigate and found Szabo there, rummaging through boxes. Alger asked Szabo if he was supposed to be there; Szabo said he wasn’t, then gathered his belongings and left. He had been using the office’s sump pump as a toilet, which caused the odor, Walton said.

The practice spent $1,400 to clean up the mess and installed special machines to kill bacteria throughout the office, Walton said. A new septic tank had to be installed, and the office lost revenue when it had to close for the day.

Sheriff’s deputies spotted Szabo walking on Main Street in Honeoye and arrested him Jan. 15.

Szabo had been charged with a similar offense last September; deputies then charged him with trespassing, possession of marijuana and several town law violations when it was found he had allegedly been living near the boardwalk at Sandy Bottom Park.

Walton is happy that the ordeal is over.

“You wouldn’t believe that a human could live like that,” she said. “At least now he won’t be breaking into any other people’s property.”

Contact Daily Messenger writer Hilary Smith at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 343 or at hsmith@mpnewspapers.com.