Update: The shoplifter in Madison County has been identified as 38-year-old Steven A. Johnson from Canastota. He was arrested by State Police on December 5.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — In November, NewsChannel 9 put viewers ‘On the Lookout’ for a suspected supermarket shoplifter in Hamilton who has now been identified and arrested. Police are still looking for the driver of a hit-and-run in the city of Oswego.
Shoplifter in Madison County
The New York State Police have identified the man that left a store with over $500 worth of food and merchandise without paying.
On October 5, around 8:55 p.m. Troopers say 38-year-old Steven A. Johnson from Canastota stole items from the Price Chopper Super Market on State Route 12B in Hamilton, Madison County.
According to New York State Police, Johnson walked into the store with an empty cart and put soda, meat, pet food, paper products, candy, bread, pies, hot dogs, fruit, and beer into his shopping cart.
Troopers say that after the Johnson was finished selecting his items, he pushed the cart out of the produce side doors, passed all points of sale, and made no attempt to purchase the merchandise.
After leaving the store, he unloaded the stolen items into a dark-colored SUV and left the store in that same vehicle.
Johnson was arrested on December 5 for Petit Larceny, a class “A” misdemeanor.
Hit and run in Oswego
The Oswego Police Department is looking to speak with the driver of a dark-colored, possibly gray, Chevy Silverado pick-up truck that was involved in a hit-and-run accident.
The accident, which occurred on Sunday, November 27, around 7:30 p.m. on West First Street near West Mohawk Street, involved the Chevy Silverado and a bicyclist, according to police.
If anyone knows more about the incident, please call Oswego Police at 315-342-8120. Calls can remain anonymous.
Advice to stop retail theft
Retail theft is becoming more of a problem in Central New York, and consumers are paying the price. To help stop theft, Manlius Police advise stores to train staff, update inventory and possibly turn to technology.
“One of the bigger hardware stores has partnered with a microchip company to install a chip in some of their tools to prevent theft,” says Sgt. Ken Hatter, Manlius Police Department. “They have to be activated by blue tooth technology at the checkout. If you steal the device and you walk out of the store, it’s rendered unusable and therefore can’t be resold. So, I think that’s one good technology and of course, really good cameras, high-definition cameras are good if we can identify someone or the vehicle they’re driving.”