Coffee Exchange larceny suspect denies chargesBy Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | March 20,2013
Rutland Police say a man charged with a brazen noontime swipe last week from the Coffee Exchange Cafe would have made off with $8,000 if not for the efforts of a fleet-footed employee and several good Samaritans.
In a police affidavit filed with Rutland criminal court, Officer Misty Klementowski said 22-year-old Nicholas W. Young told police during an interview after his arrest that he was desperate for money to buy heroin when he saw an employee set a bag full of cash behind the counter during the noon hour Friday.
“He advised he was walking around the city all day trying to find something to take,” Klementowski wrote in the affidavit. “He advised he was inside the Coffee Exchange with no plan on how he was going to steal.”
After seeing the employee set the bag of money down behind the counter, Young allegedly grabbed it and a purse before bolting for the door. None of the patrons in the crowded eatery were able to react in time to stop him, but employee Kate Barcellos told police she pursued Young on a chase that led down Merchants Row, through the Asa Bloomer Building and into the downtown transit center.
The chase ended at the bus terminal under the parking deck where Barcellos’ calls for help were answered by a security guard and two other men who tackled Young.
During the struggle, Young allegedly bit two of the men trying to restrain him.
Young pleaded innocent Monday in Rutland criminal court to a felony charge of grand larceny and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. Judge Theresa DiMauro set bail at $15,000 for Young who remained in the Rutland jail Tuesday night.
If convicted, Young faces up to 12 years in jail.
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