Utica Man sifted through pockets to spill goods before flight

A Utica man is under arrest after police say he robbed someone over the weekend.

Utica Police Department officers were called to the 1400 block of Genesee Street at approximately 9:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022.

1400 Block of Genesee Street in Utica, New York via Google Maps (April 2022)

1400 Block of Genesee Street in Utica, New York via Google Maps (April 2022)

According to police, the victim of the robbery said another man, whom he did not know, “forcibly searched the victim’s trouser and jacket pockets in an attempt to obtain possessions. He began to snatching a bag from the victim’s hands, causing it to fall to the ground and scatter the contents of the bag.”

In a written statement, the Utica Police Department says the suspect then took the property and fled.

After receiving a description of the suspect and the items seized, officers searched the area and located a male matching the suspect’s description.

The suspect still has the stolen property on him.

Following an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division, the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Leroy Thomas of Utica, was charged with 3rd degree robbery.

Leroy Thomas Photo Credit: Utica Police Department (April 2022)

Leroy Thomas Photo Credit: Utica Police Department (April 2022)

Police say Thomas also has an outstanding warrant from the Rome City Court on a criminal contempt charge.

Thomas was taken into custody with another incident. No injuries were reported as a result of the arrest.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the Utica Police Department.  The reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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