Man accused from stealing from store he was not allowed to enter

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. – State Police have arrested a man who allegedly stole from a store and fled on a bicycle.

James Tucker, 50, was arrested for burglary in the third degree, a felony.

Tucker was observed by security personnel at the Price Chopper store on Hoosick Road, allegedly placing items from the shelves into his backpack. Police say Tucker exited the store without paying for the items.

According to authorities, Tucker fled the store on a bicycle westbound on Hoosick Road. Troopers located him on Hoosick Street a short time later. However, police say he then attempted to flee but was apprehended in the parking lot of Hudson River Commons.

Tucker had a previous arrest for shoplifting from Price Chopper and was served with a No Trespass letter previously, which he acknowledged in writing, causing the recent entry into the store to be a crime, say police.

The subsequent theft combined with his unlawful presence, are the basis for the burglary charge, according to authorities.

Tucker faces additional charges in the City of Troy for his actions upon arrest. Tucker is charged with resisting arrest, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal impersonation, all misdemeanors. Tucker was also wanted on an arrest warrant by the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department for burglary under similar circumstances at the Walmart store in Brunswick.

He was arraigned in the Town of Brunswick court and remanded to the custody of the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility, no bail was set.

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