Friday, March 25, 2016

Andover petit larceny charges to be dropped after can drive theft? - Daily Reporter

By Brian Quinn, Daily Reporter

ANDOVER — Two people have been charged with petit larceny for allegedly taking cans last week that were being collected to benefit Andover First Baptist Church’s AWANA Club.

However, if the church’s pastor, Calvin Densmore, and the congregation get their wish, the charges against the pair will be dropped.

Christine Stone, 31, of Chemung County and her former husband, Charles E. Stone, 58, who are now back together, are charged with petit larceny.

Densmore Tuesday said Andover Hardware and Home Center co-owner Mike Bowers told him about the alleged theft which happened last Wednesday at around 8 or 8:30 p.m. The Stones took the bags of cans from where they had been dropped off in front of the hardware store. The alleged theft was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras. There are signs on the bins where the donations were dropped off that tell people they premises are protected by video.

“On Sunday after church, some of them (the congregation members) and I got together and we decided we weren’t going to press charges,” Densmore said. “We decided, as a Christian family, we weren’t going to press charges.” Read more by clicking the Daily Reporter story link...

Andover petit larceny charges to be dropped after can drive theft?