Ulster woman, Dutchess man charged in robbery
They were arrested for a heist this week in which a smoke shop clerk was threatened with a baseball bat.
Two people, one of them an Ulster County resident, were charged Wednesday in connection with a robbery at the Smokes for Less store on state Route 55 during which a clerk was threatened with a baseball bat, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
Jessica L. Merck, 27, of Cottekill, and Michael J. Sanfilippo, 38, of Pleasant Valley, were charged with one count of felony robbery each, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Both are accused of taking part in a robbery Tuesday at 1520 Route 55 in LaGrange during which $1,182 in cash and cigarettes were stolen after the store clerk was threatened with a baseball bat, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. The two were pulled over a short time later by town of Poughkeepsie police, questioned by the Sheriff’s Office and charged, the release said.
The Sheriff’s Office said the store clerk was not struck with the bat and no one was hurt during the robbery.
Merck and Sanfilippo were arraigned in LaGrange Town Court and sent to the Dutchess County Jail, where Merck was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and Sanfilippo was being held without bail.
The Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating whether either defendant might be connected to similar incidents in Dutchess County.
Jessica L. Merck, left, and Michael J. Sanfilippo,