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Greenburgh Police In Search Of Shopping-Cart Thief

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Greenburgh police are searching for a man they say has appeared at several Christmas Tree Shops and stolen $5,400 worth of shopping carts.

The incident could bring a charge of grand larceny in the third degree, a felony, police said.

Police said they received a call that a man entered the Christmas Tree Shop at 393 N. Central Ave. in Hartsdale about 1:30 p.m. Thursday with a fake invoice saying he was from the corporate store to pick up shopping carts. The assistant manager working that day released the carts to the suspect, police said.

The assistant manager was contacted by the Christmas Tree Shop's corporate office, who said the same suspect had hit a few other Christmas Tree Shops in the northeast region with the same fake invoice and had visited a store in Orange, Conn., several hours before coming to the Central Avenue location, according to police reports.

The worker told police that the incident is on video, officials said.

The suspect was described as a black male, 6 feet tall and 250 lbs., wearing an orange shirt with black pants, police said. The worker told police the suspect drove a white box truck with an orange-and-white cab.

Police said the suspect took 45 shopping carts, valued at $120 each. A person is guilty of grand larceny in the third degree, a felony, when he or she steals property exceeding $3,000, according to New York State law.

The following incidents were also reported by Greenburgh police:

Grand Larceny: An employee at Lash Volkswagen reported Tuesday morning that the rims of one of the dealership's cars were stolen while the car was parked outside at 522 Tarrytown Road, police said.

Police said they received a report about 9:15 Tuesday morning that the stock rims of a blue 2012 Volkswagen GTI were stolen. The vehicle was locked and up on blocks and a jack, according to police reports. The employee told police he is trying to obtain surveillance video from a neighboring premise, officials said.

If a suspect is found, he or she could be charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony, police said.

Criminal Possession: Peter Cancro, 54, of Shrub Oak, is being charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; and criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Police said they responded to a report of an erratically driven vehicle observed on the Sprain Brook Parkway at 11 p.m. Friday. The car exited and parked at the intersection of Lenroc Drive and Jeffrey Way in White Plains, police said.

Upon arrival, police said Cancro was standing outside the car with the engine off, and a strong odor of marijuana was detected emanating from the vehicle. A clear plastic bag of marijuana and a bottle containing five pills were observed in plain view on the driver's seat, police said.

Police identified the pills as Oxycotin, which Cancro said were his, police said.

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