2017-01-25 / Front Page

Molloy charged with $10 theft of newspapers

Allegedly purloined copies of New York Times
Eric Gross

The chairman of the Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau, Barney Molloy, is facing larceny charges for allegedly stealing copies of the New York Times from bundles outside the Cupoccino Café in Cold Spring.

Cold Spring Police Dept. Officer-in-Charge George Kane told the Courier and PCNR Sunday the alleged thefts occurred on the mornings of Nov. 18, 21 and 29 in addition to Dec. 12.

The police official said on each of the four mornings, the 56-year-old Molloy “took a newspaper by removing it from the bundle located on the stoop of the café after looking inside to see if anyone was working.”

The newspapers were reportedly placed in a tote bag prior to his leaving the scene.

Since the Times costs $2.50 per copy on weekdays, the value of the alleged theft was $10 which Kane said constituted larceny – a Class A misdemeanor.

Molloy was arraigned on the charges in Cold Spring Village Court before Justice Thomas Costello and was released without bail pending a Feb. 8 hearing.

Monday morning, Molloy told this newspaper: “I’ve been a regular customer of Cupoccino for the last 4 years, purchasing coffee and the Times on my way to the train most weekday mornings. I usually paid by debit card, and often settled my account a day or two later. Sometimes on a weekend when I had more time I’d drop in for a coffee, and tell whoever was working that I may have an outstanding charge. I was never made aware of any issue with the papers, and have given them my card numerous times since without any mention of it. I look forward to resolving this on February 8th.” 

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