Shoplifting arrests at Wal-Mart

Troy woman arrested --Halfmoon

BY MOLLY CONGDON
Gazette Reporter
HALFMOON — A Troy woman has been arrested in connection with a shoplifting incident at a Wal-Mart in the town of Halfmoon.

Alicia A. Washington, of 60 Ingalls Ave., was arrested July 15 and charged with second-degree robbery in connection with an incident that occurred June 25.

That day, state troopers were called to the Halfmoon Wal-Mart after three people allegedly shoplifted merchandise. The two other suspects, James J. Watson of Ferry Street, Troy, and Melissa A. Nieves of Sherman Avenue, Troy, complied with Wal-Mart employees and were taken into custody.

Police say Washington fought with one of the Wal-Mart loss prevention officers, struck him in the face, and then fled the scene before troopers arrived. The employee’s injuries were not severe.

“It ebbs and flows at any given Wal-Mart within Troop G,” said Trooper Mark J. Cepiel. “Wal-Mart in general has a lot of shoplifting and larceny. The two biggest that I have in Troop G are Brunswick and over there the one in East Greenbush; a significant percent of court [calendars] are from arrests at those Wal-Marts.”

After her arrest , Washington was arraigned in Clifton Park Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail to await an appearance in Halfmoon Town Court.

Both Watson and Nieves had prior arrests from previous incidents at other Wal-Mart locations, and were both were barred from entering any Wal-Mart store. They were charged with third-degree burglary, arraigned in Halfmoon Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County Jail.

“Any large store, which is more difficult to monitor, is a target for crime,” Cepiel said. “It’s a discount store as well, so it does attract a diverse population. There is at least an arrest weekly [in Halfmoon], but there are several per week at the other two I mentioned earlier [Brunswick and East Greenbush]. In those locations people will consume those cooked chickens while they shop and then ditch them prior to checking out with something small, or you’ll see them running out of stores with massive televisions.”

“I haven’t noted a spike of criminal activity at that Halfmoon Wal-Mart,” Cepiel said. “However, this is the first one in a while where the subject fought with the store employee.”