GLENMONT – On Wednesday, Aug 24 at approximately 2:18 p.m., the Bethlehem police responded to a larceny in progress at the Price Chopper supermarket on 329 Glenmont Rd.
Upon arrival, officers observed two suspects fleeing the store on foot and entering a Toyota Camry. As the officers approached the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle accelerated toward the officers, almost hitting one, then crashed into a marked Bethlehem police car.
According to reports, the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled the scene in a reckless manner at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was found abandoned a short time later in the City of Albany.
After an investigation, police determined that Bishop A. Fraser, 19, and Jaquan D. Johnson ,19 , both of Albany entered the store and stole $1,562.89 worth of merchandise, then fled the scene.
Fraser, the operator of the vehicle, was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and grand larceny, all felonies and unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy, all misdemeanors. He also was ticketed with numerous vehicle and traffic law violations. He is being held at the Albany County Jail after a preliminary hearing tonight at Bethlehem Town Court.
Johnson, the passenger of the vehicle, was charged with grand larceny a felony and conspiracy a misdemeanor. He was processed and released under the supervision of Albany County Probation.