A Brooklyn woman accused of participating in a ruse to steal clothing from a downtown Saratoga Springs boutique last year was convicted of fourth-degree grand larceny Wednesday by a Saratoga County Court jury, and she could be headed to prison.
Tracy Adams, 51, of Avenue D was convicted of stealing clothing worth more than $1,000. But she was acquitted of third-degree grand larceny, which would have required that the value of the stolen items be more than $3,000.
Police said Adams and co-defendant Tyrone Moore disguised themselves in wigs, makeup and floor-length coats to go into Saratoga Saddlery, an upscale Broadway clothing and gift store, on Jan. 13, 2014. While Moore distracted a clerk, Adams removed items from racks and stuffed them quickly into pouches in her dress and coat, then the two quickly left the store.
The actions were caught on a security video, according to trial testimony.
Adams and Moore were arrested four days later in Massachusetts after attempting a similar crime there. Police in Randolph, Massachusetts, saw surveillance footage Saratoga Saddlery owner Sabine Rodgers had posted on Facebook and contacted Saratoga police.
A GPS device in their vehicle also showed it has been in Saratoga Springs four days earlier. During the trial, a store clerk identified Adams as one of the thieves.
“This case went from a whodunit to a multistate cooperative investigation,” Saratoga County District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said.
Moore pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Saratoga County Court last year and was sentenced to four months in jail.
He is now being held in Massachusetts, awaiting resolution of the charges against him there.
Heggen said Adams has at least 35 similar convictions, often involving the use of aliases, though this is her first felony conviction. Because of this history, Heggen said she will ask for a prison sentence when Adams is sentenced in June. The maximum sentence would be 11⁄3 to 4 years.
“This defendant has spent a career stealing from others,” Heggen said.
Acting Saratoga County Court Judge Matthew J. Sypniewski presided over the four-day trial.