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November 7, 2012

Two former Sears employees charged with theft

SARANAC LAKE — Money missing from two local Sears stores led to the arrest of two employees following unrelated investigations.

Falsified business records were used to help cover up the larcenies in both Plattsburgh and Saranac Lake, according to Plattsburgh-based State Police and Saranac Lake Village Police.

PLATTSBURGH SEARS

Jeremy K. Booth, 30, of Dannemora was taken into custody at State Police headquarters in Plattsburgh at about 11:15 a.m. Oct. 25 for allegedly falsifying business records while working in the Automotive Department at the Sears store in the Champlain Centre.

He used false return receipts to pocket $2,947.95, police said.

Following an investigation, Booth was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny of property valued at more than $1,000, along with nine counts of first-degree falsification of business records, both felonies.

Booth, who is no longer employed by Sears, was issued an appearance ticket following his arrest.

SARANAC LAKE SEARS

About $135 went missing from the Sears store in Saranac Lake, leading to the arrest of Brent M. Rabideau as part of an investigation by Village Police into several disturbances in the area.

The 23-year-old was taken into custody Tuesday morning after police allegedly linked him to the larceny, along with complaints of physical altercations.

Police said that while Rabideau was working at the store on Sept. 20, he falsified business records in an attempt to conceal the theft of the money.

About a month later, he was involved in an altercation with another man on Leona Street in Saranac Lake, where the two men allegedly tried to physically assault an 18-year-old male.

Police received an additional complaint on Oct. 31 that Rabideau was involved in another altercation where he beat up a 14-year-old girl.

He was charged Tuesday with first-degree falsifying business records, a felony.

Rabideau also faces three counts third-degree attempted assault, endangering the welfare of a child and petit larceny, all misdemeanors.

He was arraigned in Saranac Lake Village Court and sent to Franklin County jail in lieu of $2,000 cash or $4,000 bond.

Rabideau, who was let go by Sears, was no longer in Sheriff’s Department custody as of Tuesday evening, according to police.

Email Miranda Orso: morso@pressrepublican.com

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