Major Robert E. Patnaude
Troop G Commander
On May 20, 2020, State Police in Schodack arrested 41-year-old Grace M. Coons of Sand Lake for 54 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument (D felony) and 54 counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th degree (A misdemeanor).
Coons is accused of stealing checks from the mailbox of a town of Berlin resident, endorsing the checks, and then depositing them in her personal account. The thefts took place over a month-long period and totaled over $2,000.
Initially the victim reported to troopers that a $100 check had been taken from her mailbox. After an investigation into the theft by state police members, it was determined that there had been 54 checks taken by Coons.
Coons was arrested and processed at SP Schodack. She was arraigned by Rensselaer County Court and turned over to probation. She is due back in court on a later date.