Pair arrested for grand larceny at Crossgates

Melissa Russell

Scott Cleland

GUILDERLAND — A man and a woman were jointly arrested by the Guilderland Police Department on Sunday, at Crossgates Mall, for stealing at Crossgate’s Mall.

During an investigation into an attempted theft of jewelry at Macy’s, it was discovered that the same pair had stolen jewelry from J. C. Penney in February, according to a release from the Guilderland Police Department.

Melissa Russell, 23, of 44 Campbell Ave., Apt. 1, Troy, and Scott T. Cleland, 26, of 100 Project Road, Troy, were attempting to steal jewelry from Macy’s on Sunday afternoon, and when officers responded to the scene, they discovered Russell and Cleland had stolen an ipad Air and a Mophie brand phone case and charger from the Sprint Store, the release says.

The total value of the merchandise stolen from Sprint was $760, police say.

The investigation revealed that Russell and Cleland had also stolen $12,292 worth of jewelry from J. C. Penney on Feb. 25, according to the release, and Russell also had five Oxycodone pills in her possession.

Russell was charged with third-degree grand larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and Cleland was charged with third-degree grand larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, the release said.

Both were arraigned by Judge John Bailey in Guilderland Town Court, and were sent to Albany County’s jail, without bail. They will appear in the Guilderland Town Court today, March 6 at 5:30 p.m.

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