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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 13, 2011

Berne man arrested for grand larceny

By Zach Simeone

BERNE — A Berne man was arrested this week for stealing cash and blank checks from his former employer, Bozenkill Farm in Knox.

Matthew C. Arnold, 21, of Schell Road in Berne, was arrested on Monday, Oct. 3rd, by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies; and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Arnold allegedly stole $1,200 and two blank checks from Bozenkill Farm on or about September 11, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

“I don’t really think he was thinking, or he wouldn’t have done it,” acting Sheriff Craig Apple said of Arnold. “He probably thought it was a quick hitch; ‘They’ll never notice a couple checks missing.’ He didn’t give us too much rationale behind this. Here he is hit with a felony.”

Police say Arnold cashed the checks — the first check was written out to Matthew Arnold in the amount of $460, and the second was written out to cash in the amount of $500.

Arnold allegedly cashed the checks at the Altamont and Bellevue branches of Key Bank.

Said Apple, “We know where the checks are; we know where they were cashed, so we know it was him that did it. At this point, it’s just got to go through the judicial process.”

Arnold was arraigned in the Knox Town Court.

According to Apple, Arnold had no prior arrests.

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