On February 24, 2021, State Police arrested three men following an investigation into the theft of over $13,000 worth of groceries from Hannaford Supermarkets. Andrew T. Watts, 21, of Troy, and Nasere S. Bell, 21, of Troy were charged with Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D felony), Identity Theft 1st (D felony), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree (E felony), and Criminal Possession of a Firearm (E felony). Ghamdan D. Alseidi, 25, of Albany, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree (D felony), Scheme to Defraud 1st degree (E felony), and Conspiracy 5th degree (A misdemeanor).
State Police uniformed and BCI members from SP Brunswick, SP Latham, and SP Schodack, as well as investigators from multiple state police specialized units, executed search warrants at the Titantic Market and two private residences in the city of Troy on Wednesday morning. The warrants were obtained in an investigation into the use of stolen credit card information to purchase over $13,000 worth of groceries from Hannaford Supermarkets.
Bell and Watts are accused of using stolen identities and associated credit card information to purchase groceries through the Hannaford To Go delivery service. The groceries were then delivered to them and resold to the Titantic Market. Alseidi, who is employed at the Titanic Market, knowingly took the stolen products, and resold them to the public.
During the execution of the search warrants, State Police located stolen merchandise, credit card blanks, and the associated equipment used to manufacture fraudulent credit cards. Police also located body armor, three unregistered handguns, one of which was a “ghost gun,” and approximately $20,000 in US currency.
Nasere Bell and Andrew Watts were arraigned in Brunswick Town Court. Bell was released on his own recognizance. Watts was released to the supervision of Rensselaer County Probation. Ghamdan Alseidi was issued an appearance ticket and released.