RICHFIELD SPRINGS – More than $2,500 in Price Chopper gift cards were allegedly stolen from the food pantry at the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs, Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, reported this morning.
The gift cards, she said, were to be distributed by the church to help families in need to purchasing holiday meals.
According to Dembinska, troopers were dispatched to church on Tuesday, Dec. 1 after it was discovered that 65 gift cards were missing. Members of the church also also discovered that an emergency exit door had been pried open.
WEST ONEONTA – As crews finish wrapping the 75-foot tall pine tree on “Daddy Al” Dick’s property here, state police have issued an alert of traffic delays and lane closures over the next tomorrow through Thursday on Route 23 here as the tree is cut down and prepared for the journey to Rockefeller Center, where it will become the most famous Christmas tree in the world.
According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, the area in the 3800 block of Route 23, north of Route 8 “may be experiencing higher than normal volume this week.”
Additionally, Derrek Gray, 41, Laurens, was also arrested for his alleged role in two of the six robberies, which took place over six hours in the wee hours of Friday morning throughout Oneonta and Otego.
At 12:57 a.m., State Police responded to a reported break-in at Losie’s after the 911 caller claimed they heard “banging” in the area. No one was found at the store, but troopers did note shattered glass at the scene.
OTEGO – Two teens were arrested after they allegedly crashed a stolen car on I-88 here and fled the scene early this morning.
According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer, Troop C, an abandoned 2013 Chevy Malibu was spotted facing the wrong way in the westbound lane of I-88 between Exits 12 and 13 at 5:26 a.m. The car had been reported stolen in Albany.
ONEONTA – An 88-year-old Laurens woman got a call, purportedly from Cooperstown Police: Her granddaughter had been in an accident, she was fine, but her car had been impounded and she needed $4,000 in cash to get it out.
The woman was instructed to wrap the money in a sweater and mail it to Staten Island. She did so, shipping the package overnight from The Shipping Room in Oneonta. But when the same person called back and asked for four Home Depot cards, she asked, “Is this a scam?”
“The person on the other end of the line said ‘Thanks for playing’ and hung up,” said Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.