YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Four teens, ranging in age from 15 to 19, are accused of stealing a credit card belonging to a Yorktown resident and going on a shopping spree at the Jefferson Valley Mall, according to the Yorktown Police Department.
The accused teenagers are Jarron Williams, 19, of Mohegan Lake, Anton Binnel, 19, of Peekskill, a 16-year-old from White Plains and a 15-year-old from Peekskill. The identities of the two youngest boys were not made public.
It is alleged that around 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, the boys were at the mall, making purchases from Piercing Pagoda, H&M and Foot Locker with a stolen credit card. According to police, the teens had stolen the credit card from an unlocked car in the driveway of a nearby residence.
Seeing the suspicious spending activity, the credit card company alerted the resident, who called the police department. Dispatched to the mall, officers questioned store employees. Based on descriptions, police found the teens, still at the mall, and arrested them.
Felony grand larceny charges were lodged against Williams, Binnel and the two younger teens after they allegedly spent more than $1,000 at Piercing Pagoda, which sells silver and gold jewelry along with ear-piercing services. The teens were also charged with misdemeanor petty larceny, police said, after spending less than $1,000 at both H&M and Foot Locker.
In addition, the teens were charged with second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree possession of stolen property, both Class E felonies. Because they allegedly gave fake names during the arrest, all four were also charged with false personation, which is a Class B misdemeanor.
Williams and Binnel, who were additionally charged with marijuana possession, were being held at the Westchester County Jail on $15,000 cash bail. The 16-year-old was released without bail to a parent while the 15-year-old was sent to the Woodfield Cottage detention facility in Valhalla.
Bingo Caller Pleads Guilty to Violation
Neil Gross, the 72-year-old Bingo caller accused of rigging games at the Yorktown Jewish Center, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
The Mohegan Lake resident, arrested last August, was initially charged with felony gaming fraud. However, according to Yorktown Justice Court, the charges against Gross were reduced to disorderly conduct, a violation, to which he pleaded guilty. The violation carries with it a $250 fine and a one-year conditional discharge, meaning Gross must stay out of trouble during that time or avoid further prosecution.
Accused Animal Abuser in Court
A Mohegan Lake woman accused of starving her dog was arraigned at Yorktown Justice Court Thursday, June 20, on a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.
The case against Michelle DiGennaro, 44, who was arrested in May by the Westchester SPCA, has drawn considerable public interest, with dozens of people attending last week’s hearing. Videos posted to social media, show sign-wielding protestors, some shouting expletive-laden insults, as DiGennaro left the courthouse.
DiGennaro was arrested on Wednesday, May 22. Two weeks earlier, after receiving a tip, Yorktown police had found an Australian cattle dog at DiGennaro’s Eleanor Drive home in an “advanced state of emaciation and dehydration due to neglect,” the SPCA said. The dog had been locked in an outdoor enclosure, allegedly deprived of adequate water, food and veterinary care for months.
The malnourished dog, which has since been renamed Boomer, is now in a foster home.
DiGennaro is scheduled to return to court on Thursday, July 25, according to the Westchester district attorney’s office.