GENESEO – A man is now at large after apparently trying to steal a wad of cash from Good Spirits Discount Wine and Liquors in the Wegmans plaza, and being stopped by the startled store owner on Saturday’s rainy afternoon.
At about 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, a black male allegedly distracted the cashier and then tried to turn the key to the register and grab cash, but was caught red-handed by the store owner who confronted the would-be thief and snatched the cash back.
“He came to the counter with a bottle and said ‘can I get another of this’ so the cashier went in the back to get one,” said Greg Brown, owner and operator at Good Spirits. “I came around the corner here and he was bent over the counter, turning the key and grabbing money. I said ‘what are you doing?’ but he didn’t stop until I got right up to him. I saw his hand was full of money so I grabbed it out of his hand. He just kept saying ‘I’m an addict! I’m an addict!’ and ran out the door.”
Brown said that he briefly ran after the man and saw him run through the Wegmans foyer and come out the other side and possibly get into a vehicle.
“I ran after him and he took off his white hat, then I thought I saw him get into a truck,” said Brown. “I was on the phone with the police telling them what I was seeing, and within seconds three cop cars converged on the vehicle I was talking about. It was a poor blonde girl in the front seat, but they were very quick. It was very impressive.”
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office said that surveillance video was obtained from Wegmans that shows the subject getting into a vehicle.
“The call came in as a possible robbery, and we are not yet able to identify the subject at this point,” said Sergeant Joseph Breu on scene. “The store owner confronted the subject, and the subject left in a vehicle. We have video surveillance from Wegmans. This is now an attempted larceny investigation.”
The subject is believed to be a black male, 6 feet tall with a heavy build, possibly in his 50’s, bald and clean shaven. The vehicle is believed to be a Ford Fusion, gray or green.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident or the subject is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 243-7100.