Deputies charge three in thefts at local box store


GREENPORT—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has made the third and final arrest in connection with a trio who was allegedly stealing from area box stores.

The value of the items stolen was more than $1,000, according to Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant John Rivero, who said there was “nothing in particular to mention” among the stolen items.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call January 24 from a box store in Greenport, where an individual reportedly departed the store without paying for items. The first deputy to arrive discovered that there were a few subjects who appeared to be working in concert to swipe items from the store.

The deputy was able to get a vehicle description and direction of travel and alerted other patrols in the area. The suspect vehicle, a 2016 Porche Cayenne, was located on State Route 9G in Greenport and found to contain the proceeds of several larcenies, along with three occupants.

After a lengthy investigation, search warrants, arrest warrants and countless hours of video review the three subjects arrested were:

*Billy Joe Dart, 33, of Hudson, charged March 26 at 2:42 p.m. in Greenport on a CCSO warrant

*Bernard Brown, 38, of New York City, charged February 26 at 4:47 p.m. when he turned himself in at the CCSO

*Jacob Doris, 43, of Kingston, charged March 20 at 10:01 p.m. on a Kingston PD warrant.

All were charged with fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and fifth degree conspiracy, a class A misdemeanor. All subjects were released on their own recognizance to return to court at later dates. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Kingston City Police with the apprehension of one of the suspects.

“The patrols and investigators worked hard on this case. The responding deputies did a great job in communicating with each other to locate the vehicle shortly after the larceny. The investigators also did a thorough job in making sure that everything was recovered and a solid case was being presented to the prosecutor’s office. I’m proud of the work the men and women of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office did on this case and the work they do every day,” Sheriff David Bartlett said in a press release.