By HEATHER NELLIS
TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- Condoms, candles, seafood and energy drinks were some of the items police said a Perth man stole from the Route 30 Price Chopper during the past five months until he was finally arrested Friday.
Joseph Chirico, 40, of 363 Smith Road, was arrested by Montgomery County Sheriff's investigators and charged with 15 counts of petit larceny and 10 counts of criminal trespass.
"He did it over, and over, and over, and just kept eluding police and store loss prevention teams, until we finally caught up with him," said Undersheriff Jeffery T. Smith. "He did it all different times of the day, and different days of the week, but as soon as the store employees called us, he was gone. We had him identified, so we worked with Amsterdam police, state police, and other police agencies."
An arrest report says investigators Roberto Gracia and Theresa Pingitore were able to locate Chirico by obtaining his cell phone number and tracing it to the Smith Road residence using GPS coordinates.
Upon their arrival, Gracia and Pingitore said they saw a vehicle used in several of the larcenies, and it was hidden from the roadway behind the residence.
Once the investigators announced their presence, Chirico emerged, and was taken into custody, a report says.
He was arraigned in Amsterdam town court and remanded to the county jail on $5,000 cash bail.
The Fulton County Sheriff's Office and state police also assisted at the scene.
Smith said the most recent incident was one that involved the theft of $98 worth of condoms.
"He told us he was selling them on the streets in Schenectady," Smith said.
Smith said there are open petit larceny cases in the region in which Chirico may also be linked.