08 March 2023
Major Jeffrey A. VanAuken
Troop C Commander


On March 3, 2023, at approximately 3:07 p.m., State Police were called to the Walmart on State Highway 23 in the town of Oneonta for a report of a larceny in progress.

A preliminary investigation determined that Joseph M. Murray, 38, of Rome, took items from the store without paying and loaded them into a truck.

While interviewing Murray, it was determined that another individual, John W. Grass, 33, of Rome was still inside the store taking more items.

During the investigation, Grass provided Troopers with a false name, and it was found that he had a warrant out of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

Murray and Grass were both charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree.

Grass was also charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd degree and False Personation.

Grass was turned over to the custody of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

Murray and Grass were both given appearance tickets and are due to appear in the town of Oneonta Court on March 21, 2023.

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