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GLENMONT — Bethlehem police arrested three people who tried buying multiple iPhone XS Max smartphones under fraudulent pretenses at the Glenmont AT&T store on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4:39 p.m.
Police first responded to the scene after the store reported suspicious activity regarding the three individuals: Morgaine E. Mitchell, 30 and Melvin J.K. Clarida, 31, of Wallingford, Vermont, and Mark C. Hamilton, 19, of Bennington, Vermont. They had allegedly tried opening accounts and buying four brand-new iPhone XS Max, the latter of which the police recovered. The exact nature of their “fraudulent pretenses” was not disclosed in the press release that was provided by Bethlehem police though.
All three were each charged with a grand larceny felony, and a conspiracy misdemeanor. Clarida, in particular, was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for having 24 active suspensions and revocations of his driving privilege. Clarida also had an active felony warrant out of New York City Police too.
The three were arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court before Judge Ryan Donovan. Mitchell and Hamilton were remanded to the Albany County Jail in lieu of a $3,500 bail, whereas Clarida was remanded there too in lieu of a $15,000 bail. The three have a scheduled return court date of Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 4 p.m.