Major Robert E. Patnaude
Troop G Commander
State Police have arrested three people in connection with a series of larcenies that took place at Lowe’s in the towns of Halfmoon and Wilton. Twenty-eight-year-old Jodi L. Girantino of Remsen, New York, was charged with Enterprise Corruption (B felony), Grand Larceny 4th degree (E felony), and Conspiracy 6th degree (B misdemeanor). Thirty-seven-year-old Matthew R. Dryer and 41-year-old Benjamin E. Noon, both of Utica, were each charged with Grand Larceny 4th degree (E felony) and Conspiracy 6th (B misdemeanor). All three will face an additional charge of Grand Larceny 4th degree in the Town of Wilton.
The three are accused of participating in a double-dipping scheme in which they gathered new merchandise while in the store and returned it using a fraudulent receipt. The gift card they received from the return was then used to purchase more goods. At Lowe’s in Wilton they stole almost $2,000 worth of wood flooring.
Both Dyer and Noon turned themselves in at SP Clifton Park. Both were issued an appearance ticket for Halfmoon Town Court on March 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. They were also issued an appearance ticket for Wilton Town Court, Dyer will appear March 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. and Noon will appear March 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Girantino was taken into custody with the assistance of Utica Police Department and transported to SP Clifton Park for processing. She was issued an appearance ticket for Halfmoon Town Court on March 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., and an appearance ticket to appear in Wilton Town Court on March 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.