Major Eugene J. Staniszewski
Troop A Commander
Multiple arrests made in Dunkirk Home Depot shoplifting incident
On November 01, 2022, Troopers out of SP Fredonia arrested Alisha H. Scinta, 52, of Dunkirk, NY and Dennis C. Weaver, 23, of Cherry Creek for offenses including: Grand Larceny 4th degree, Petit Larceny, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st degree.
Troopers responded to Home Depot located on Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk for a report of a shoplifting in progress with multiple people involved. When Troopers arrived on scene, store employees had Scinta stopped in an aisle awaiting the police’s arrival.
Troopers were also outside in the parking lot interviewing a disoriented Weaver who stated that he was “waiting for his mother” who was inside the store. Further investigation revealed that Weaver was connected with Scinta. While being questioned, Troopers observed Weaver to have obvious signs of impairment including glassy, bloodshot eyes and impaired motor coordination as he swayed and staggered while being interviewed. Weaver was found to have a revoked New York State driver’s license for a previous conviction of driving while ability impaired by alcohol in 2019.
Further investigation of the incident, including a review of surveillance footage and a vehicle search would locate merchandise that was stolen from Home Depot the previous day by Scinta. Both suspects were transported to SP Fredonia for processing.
Scinta was charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree, an E felony and Petit Larceny, an A misdemeanor. Weaver was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st degree, as well as other Vehicle and Traffic Violations. Both were issued and released with appearance tickets returnable to the town of Dunkirk court later this month.