MALONE –– A report of a shoplifting incident at the Walmart Supercenter in Malone has resulted in felony charges against two Bombay men.
Nathan A. Bigtree, 32, and Tyler A. Gray, 32, both of Bombay, were each charged by New York State Police with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, after their vehicle were stopped leaving the shopping center Tuesday evening. A variety of stolen merchandise with an estimated value of more than $1,200 was found in the vehicle, state police said.
Gray was additionally charged with one count of third-degree burglary after troopers found he had previously been banned from all Walmart property because of a prior shoplifting incident. He was released on an appearance ticket returnable in Malone Town Court.
Law enforcement officers also found that Bigtree was wanted on multiple warrants for a variety of alleged offenses, including several shoplifting incidents and a theft in Malone that resulted in a chase.
The chase took place on Feb. 14 when troopers and Malone Village Police attempted to stop Bigtree following a reported larceny in the village. The pursuit wound from the village to the Bombay area, where law enforcement terminated it.
According to an online wanted poster posted by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, Bigtree was also being sought in connection with five separate thefts from businesses that took place between March 8 and March 13 that involved items valued in excess of $2,000 in total.
Bigtree was charged by village police with two additional counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies, as well as failure to appear. He is also facing five counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor, in Bombay Town Court and charges of petit larceny and third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, also a misdemeanor, in connection with the chase.
He was arraigned in Malone Town Court and committed to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, or $2,000 bail bond.