Police: Utica Man Sifted Pockets to Spill the Goods Before Stealing Them
A Utica man is under arrest after police say he robbed someone over the weekend.
Officers with the Utica Police Department were called to the 1400 block of Genesee Street at approximately 9:00pm on Saturday, April 9, 2022.
Police say the victim of the robbery stated that another man, unknown to him, had "forcible gone through the victim's pants and jacket pockets in attempt to obtain property. The began to rip a bag out of the victim’s hands causing him to fall on the ground and have the contents of the bag scatter around."
In a written release the Utica Police Department says that the suspect then took the property and fled the scene.
After receiving a description of the suspect and the items taken, officers searched the area and located a man matching the description of the suspect.
The suspect allegedly was still carrying the stolen property.
Following an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Leroy Thomas of Utica, was charged with Robbery in the 3rd Degree.
Police say Thomas also has an outstanding warrant active from Rome City Court for a Criminal Contempt charge.
Thomas was taken into custody with further incident. No injuries were reported as a result of the arrest.
[AUTHOR'S NOTE: This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the Utica Police Department. The reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]
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