Saratoga County

Suspects nabbed in Wilton Target theft ring

Six people, four of them local high school students, have been arrested, accused of stealing more th

Six people, four of them local high school students, have been arrested, accused of stealing more than $6,500 in electronic devices from the Target store on Route 50 late last month.

“They would come in and pick out items and take them to the register,” said Maureen Tuffey, a state police spokeswoman. One of those arrested, Cody Mason, 16, of Schuylerville, was a Target employee working at a cash register and was part of the plot to steal from the store, police said. Mason was charged with grand larceny.

“He was like the point man,” Tuffey said about Mason on Wednesday. The others charged in the plot would take the electronic devices, things such as iPods and iPads and X-Box games, to Mason’s register.

“He would scan them, bag them, and cancel out the purchase,” Tuffey said. “He would put a blank receipt into the bag.”

The alleged thefts happened Nov. 20 and also on Nov. 25 — Black Friday, the busy shopping day after Thanksgiving.

Four of the people arrested by state police have been charged with grand larceny, a felony, while the other two were charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor. The grand larceny charge is lodged when the amount of the items stolen exceeds $3,000.

Charged with grand larceny are:

• Lauren K. Dennison, 23, of Victory Mills

• Justine Levine, 24, of Ballston Spa

• Shane Levine, 17, of Schuylerville

Those charged with petty larceny include Ryan Buell, 17, of Saratoga Springs, and Daniel Waldron, 16, of Schuylerville. Shane Levine, Buell and Waldron are all listed as members of the varsity basketball team at the Schuylerville Junior-Senior High School in recent newspaper sports page box scores.

A spokeswoman for the Schuylerville Central School District said the district had no comment about the arrests and would not confirm that the three boys arrested were members of the high school basketball team.

Kim Smithgall, a district spokeswoman, said “They are respecting the privacy of the students.”

Tuffey said a seventh person is expected to be arrested.

Those arrested this week were arraigned in Wilton Town Court and released pending a future appearance in Town Court.

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