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Troopers: Three charged in theft scheme targeting Halfmoon, Wilton Lowe's stores

Troopers: Three charged in theft scheme targeting Halfmoon, Wilton Lowe's stores

Troopers: Three charged in theft scheme targeting Halfmoon, Wilton Lowe's stores
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HALFMOON - Three people conspired to take items from Lowe's stores in Halfmoon and Wilton, state police said.

Troopers arrested the three individuals this past week, each from Oneida County, and charged them with felony grand larceny and one of the three with felony enterprise corruption, state police said.

The three are accused of working together in a scheme to take new merchandise and then return it to the store with a fraudulent receipt, They then used a gift card they received from the return to purchase more goods, state police said. At the Lowe's in Wilton, they stole nearly $2,000 in flooring, state police said.

Charged were Jodi L. Girantino, of Remsen, Matthew R. Dryer, 37, of Utica, and Benjamin E. Noon, 41, of Utica.

Girantino faces one count each of enterprise corruption and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, felonies, along with misdemeanor conspiracy, state police said.

Dryer and Noon each face two counts of felony fourth-degree grand larceny and one count of misdemeanor conspiracy counts. 

Girantino was taken into custody by Utica police, processed by state police in Clifton Park and released to appear in court later. Dyer and Noon turned themselves in to state police, were processed and released to also appear in court later.

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