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Bottle Snatching Suspect Charged in Pelham Manor

PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. – A Pelham Manor police officer was on patrol and passing through Fairway Market on Friday at 1:35 p.m. when he was flagged down by a Fairway employee who said he had just seen a man leave with multiple bags of recyclable plastic bottles in a Fairway shopping cart.

Another police officer was in the area, and both converged on a suspect, Donald Mitchell, in front of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Mitchell, of Mount Vernon, had stolen 650 empty plastic bottles and a metal shopping cart, worth a combined $282.50, police said.

The Fairway security manager arrived minutes later and said it was not the first time that Mitchell had removed plastic bottles. However, she said, she had not pursued charges after the previous incidents. This time, she asked that he be charged, and Mitchell was arrested.

He was charged with petty larceny, police said.

The following items were also reported by the Pelham Manor police:

Stolen Change: A man walked into the Pelham Manor police headquarters at 5:57 p.m. Sunday to report that 70 cents had been stolen from his car. He had parked on Split Rock Road at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and checked the car again at 11 a.m.  Sunday. Items in his car had been thrown around and 70 cents had been taken. The victim said he had left his vehicle unlocked.

Criminal Mischief: A student parked his car on Reed Avenue at 8 a.m. Thursday, and when he returned at 11 a.m. to go to lunch, he noticed that his front and rear left tires had been slashed and were flat. He reported the incident at 3:54 p.m. Thursday.

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