Sheriff: Walmart theft leads to foot chase

Everett G. Rasso

GREENPORT — A Columbia County man was charged with leading police on a foot chase after allegedly stealing merchandise from the Walmart on Fairview Avenue, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett said Tuesday.

Everett G. Rasso, 37, of Hudson, was charged with concealing and destroying physical evidence, a class E felony; and petty larceny and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors, according to a statement from Bartlett.

Shannan Kipp, 28, also from Hudson, was charged with providing a false written statement, class A misdemeanor, according to Bartlett.

Columbia County 911 assigned the Sheriff’s Office after receiving a call from Walmart Loss Prevention Department employees at about 10:26 a.m., reporting that they had confronted a male individual leaving the store without paying for merchandise. The man fled from employees in the store.

Deputies learned from Walmart employees that the man allegedly fled south into the woods behind the store. A woman was also seen with the man prior to the alleged theft. Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from state police, began a search of the wooded area around Walmart.

The woman, later identified as Kipp, was located at the Greenport Mobil Station and interviewed. A short time later, Rasso was apprehended behind the Game Stop in the Greenport Commons Plaza, according to the sheriff’s office.

Quashing rumors circulating on Facebook, Bartlett said no shots were fired and no weapon was involved in the incident.

Rasso and Kipp were issued appearance tickets. They are scheduled to return to Greenport Town Court on Jan. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

Bartlett, in his statement, called the incident another great example of the state’s bail reform laws.

“This individual, after attempting to steal items from a local store, led police on a foot chase through the woods,” Bartlett said. “He was charged with a felony, while additionally tying up multiple law-enforcement resources that could have been better utilized in our community.”

Bartlett’s statements recalled those he gave Jan. 14 on social media, when he wrote, “Make no mistake; the votes that passed this legislation caused more New Yorkers to become victims of crime. That’s inexcusable. There should be consequences for such reckless actions.”

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Undersheriff John Davi, Capt. John DeRocha, Senior Investigator William Foster, Sgt. Eli Fieser, Deputy Ryen Boehme and Deputy Andrew Horst.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.

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