TOWN OF FLORIDA – Two Schenectady County residents stole plants from a Montgomery County hemp farm and were arrested after a brief chase Saturday, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said.
The incident was one of two similar cases in the same area in four days. Three Fulton County residents were arrested in the earlier case, officials said.
Austin J. Baker, 27, of Wright Avenue, Schenectady, and Robert Stevens III, 30, of Country Brook Road, Rotterdam, were each arrested on one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, officials said.
They are accused of taking plants from an authorized hemp field in the Town of Florida Saturday, officials said.
Deputies were initially dispatched to the area of Power House Road in the Town of Florida for a larceny in progress.
Deputies soon located two men and a truck with stolen hemp plants inside, officials said. The men, however, fled the scene in the truck. Deputies, however, quickly apprehended them and charged them.
Officials also indicated filing charges of unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and reckless driving, misdemeanors. It was not immediately clear which of the two was accused of driving.
Deputies processed both men and released them to appear in court later.
Charged in the earlier case were Austin H. Flansburg, of Mathew Street, Johnstown; Michael Rumberger, of State Highway 67, Johnstown, and Joseph Banovic, of Broad Street, Gloversville. Their ages were unavailable.
They each face one count of third-degree grand larceny, a felony, accused of taking more than $4,000 worth of hemp from a farm in the area of Power House Road Sept. 22, officials said.