Waverly teen faces 7 felonies in vandalism, stealing phone; arraigned and released


On Monday,  May 31, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of vandalism at 251 State Route 17C, Charm Pools in Waverly. A short time later, the Tioga County 911 Center took a second call from a person who reported that the same suspect had attacked them and that their cell phone had been forcibly stolen. The second caller was able to identify the suspect.

Once patrols were made aware of the ongoing incident, members of Waverly Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office and were able to locate the suspect on Ellistown Road in Waverly and he was taken into custody without incident. Members of the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division conducted an investigation and it was found that two of Charm Pool’s buildings were unlawfully entered, property was stolen from within, and several assets to the business were intentionally damaged.

Nyja D.N. Gano, 18 years old of Waverly, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • 1 count of Robbery in the third degree, a class D felony
  • 2 counts Burglary in the third degree, class D felonies
  • 1 count Criminal Mischief second degree, class D felony
  • 1 count Criminal Mischief third degree, class E felony
  • 2 counts Grand Larceny fourth degree, class E felonies

Gano was arraigned on June 1, in Tioga County CAP Court in front of Justice Dave Boland and was released on his recognizance. Gano is scheduled to appear in the Town of Barton Court on 06/14/2021 at 4:00P.M. in front of Justice Mike Myers for further proceedings.