On March 24, 2020, at approximately 5:35 p.m., State Police responded to a report of a larceny at the Wal-Mart on State Route 11 in Malone, where the suspects were reported to be leaving the scene in a vehicle.
Troopers located and stopped the vehicle as it was pulling out of the Wal-Mart parking lot. The two suspects, 32-year-old Nathan A. Bigtree and 32-year-old Tyler A. Gray, both of Bombay, were arrested when they were found with a variety of stolen merchandise, totaling over $1200.
Further investigation revealed that Gray had been previously banned from all Wal-Mart property due to a past incident of shoplifting. Gray and Bigtree were both charged with one count each of Grand Larceny 4th degree. Gray was additionally charged with Burglary 3rd degree. Gray was released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Malone Court.
Bigtree was also wanted by Franklin County Probation on a warrant for previous incidents of shoplifting and for a pursuit with State Police that took place on February 14, 2020, at approximately 9 p.m., subsequent to a larceny in the village of Malone. At that time, State Police and the Malone Village Police attempted to stop the vehicle operated by Bigtree. However, the pursuit was terminated in the town of Bombay area. Bigtree was also charged with Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree and Petit Larceny. He was arraigned at the Town of Malone Court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, or $2,000 bail bond.