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Schenectady man charged in Brink's theft

Schenectady man charged in Brink's theft

Surveillance cameras captured images
Schenectady man charged in Brink's theft
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MENANDS -- A Schenectady man walked out the front door of the Brink's facility on March 13 with $10,000 in cash, according to police.

It didn't take police long to zero in, according to Menands Police Chief Michael O'Brien. That's because surveillance cameras captured images of a Brink's money counter in the act, O'Brien said. 

Savaion M. Parson, 22, of Emmett Street, was arrested Thursday on charges that accuse him of taking the cash, according to court documents. He grabbed a banded stack of 100 $100 bills, stuffed it in his pants and left the building once his shift was complete, according to court documents.

The armored car service realized what happened and contacted police, O'Brien said.

Parson had worked for Brink's for a matter of weeks, O'Brien said. He didn't show up for work the next day.

Police then began to look for him, eventually locating him Thursday in Schenectady.

None of the money had been recovered as of Friday, O'Brien said.

"It was just a crime of opportunity, basically," O'Brien said. "The temptation was too much, apparently."

O'Brien recalled no similar incidents in the recent past at the Brink's location. Two years ago, however, another money handler took some cash and was arrested.

Parson faces one count of third-degree grand larceny, a felony. He was ordered held on bail.

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