KINDERHOOK, N.Y. – State Police say they have charged a Niverville man with felony robbery with the help of a K9.
Michael Cristaldi, 29, was arrested on Thursday night after troopers were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to the Sunoco Convenience Store located at 3360 State Route 9 for a reported robbery. Officers arrived on scene and interviewed the store clerk, who reported that at approximately 10 p.m., a masked male entered the business, displayed a knife and demanded money. The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled on foot.
State Police K9 Cahill helped to lead police to a near-by apartment complex located on Mountain View Road. While canvassing the area, troopers observed a pick-up truck stopped on the roadside. Troopers interviewed the operator of the pick-up truck, who reported that he had received several phone calls from his acquaintance, identified as Cristaldi, who had requested a ride home.
An investigation revealed that Cristaldi was in the area visiting friends.
Troopers witnessed Cristaldi exit the apartment and spoke with him. Following an investigation, it was discovered that Cristaldi had changed his clothes at his friend’s house and committed the robbery using a kitchen knife from the apartment. The acquaintance, who was asleep, was unaware of the events taking place.
As a result of the investigation, Cristaldi was taken into custody thirty minutes after the robbery was reported to police. Cristaldi was arraigned before the Town of Livingston Justice Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail without bail.