13 March 2020
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop B Commander
UPDATE: On January 26, 2021, State Police arrested 41-year-old Michael J. Brown of Massena, after he was located subsequent to two warrants issued for his arrest for shoplifting twice at the Wal-Mart in Potsdam. The first incident took place on February 23, 2020, when he stole four tires. The second incident took place on November 29, 2020, when he stole a Ms. Pacman arcade machine valued at $299. After identifying Brown, State Police obtained two warrants for his arrest from the Potsdam Town Court. He was located by the Massena Police Department and turned over to the State Police. Brown was charged with two counts of Petit Larceny and released on an appearance ticket, returnable to the Town of Potsdam Court.
Original release: On February 23, 2020, at approximately 2:30 p.m., an unknown male (pictured below) walked out of the Walmart in Potsdam on State Route 11 with four tires, valued at $167 each, without paying for them. Store employees attempted to stop him, however he continued out of the store, loaded the tires into what is believed to be a dark colored Dodge Dakota pick-up truck, and drove away in the direction of the village of Potsdam. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Alexander Williams at (518) 873-2750.