Ul­ster wo­man, Dutchess man charged in rob­bery

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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.

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Jes­sica L. Merck, left, and Michael J. San­fil­ippo,

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