23 September 2019
 
 
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
 Major Robert E. Patnaude
 Troop G Commander
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE

An investigation into a series of cell phones larcenies that have taken place at Walmart stores located in Amsterdam, Cobleskill, and Gloversville, have led to the arrest of the following individuals:
 
  • Aaron G. Billings, 23, of Schoharie, 3 counts of Identity Theft 1st degree (D felony), 3 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D felony), and 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records 1st degree (E felony).
  • Eric M. Gieseler, 26, of Hagaman, 3 counts of Identity Theft 1st degree (D felony), 3 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D felony), and 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records 1st degree (E felony).
  • Christopher Howland, 29, of Amsterdam, 3 counts of Identity Theft 1st degree (D felony), 3 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D felony), and 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records 1st degree (E felony).
  • David J Stearns, 35, of Hagaman, 3 counts of Identity Theft 1st degree (D felony), 3 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D felony), and 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records 1st degree (E felony).
  • Jacob D. Litchfield, 19, of Richmondville, 2 counts of Identity Theft 1st degree (D felony), 2 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D felony), and 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records 1st degree (E felony).
  • Garett W. Levoy, 24, of Amsterdam, 2 counts of Identity Theft 1st degree (D felony), 2 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D felony), and 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records 1st degree (E felony).
 
In early August, State Police were contacted by Walmart’s Asset Protection personnel in regards to the theft of upwards of $90,000 worth of Iphones that were missing from the inventory in their stores located in Amsterdam, Cobleskill, and Gloversville.
 
Investigation revealed that beginning in May 2019 employees of OTS Wireless, a company used by Walmart to sell cell phone contracts inside their stores, were involved in a scheme to sell contracts and cell phones using fraudulent information.
 
Multiple times, Billings was provided stolen personal information by Howland. He, and on some occasions, Levoy and Litchfield, would then use the stolen information to set up cell phone accounts. Once a fraudulent account was set up, the phone would be picked up by Stearns, Gieseler, or an unidentified party, and the wireless account would be cancelled.
 
Billings, Howland and Gieseler turned themselves in at SP Fonda. They were arraigned in Gloversville City Court and remanded to Fulton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash/ $10,000 bond.
 
 Levoy, and Stearns were each located that their residence and transported to SP Fonda for processing. They were arraigned in Gloversville City Court and remanded to Fulton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash/ $10,000 bond.
 
Litchfield turned himself in at SP Fonda and was arraigned in Mayfield Town Court. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on September 23, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
 
 
 
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