NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- A Utica man was charged after allegedly stealing clothes from Boscov’s in Sangertown Square and then trying to steal a vehicle to flee from police.
New Hartford police were called to the store on Oct. 15 for a larceny report, but while on their way, they were notified that the suspect ran from the store down Commercial Drive to the parking lot of another business.
Police say the suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Matthew Linke, jumped into a parked vehicle with a 14-year-old waiting inside for the vehicle owner, who was inside the store. As Linke backed the vehicle out of the parking space, the teen jumped out.
Officers were able to stop Linke from leaving the parking lot and take him into custody.
He was charged with grand larceny, petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child. Police say the grand larceny charge is for attempting to steal the vehicle.
Linke also had multiple outstanding warrants out of Utica, so he was turned over to the Utica Police Department.