Athens man charged with breaking into Greenport beer store


GREENPORT, N.Y.: Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that Sheriff’s Office Investigators have arrested and charged an Athens man after he broke into a local business in the Town of Greenport early Saturday morning.

On July 22, 2017 at about 1:55am, Deputies Joseph Bruno and Thomas Merante were dispatched to a burglar alarm activation at the Pit Stop Beverage Store on State Route 66 in the Town of Greenport. Upon arriving at the business, the deputies found the front door smashed out. They conducted a search of the building as well as a search of the surrounding area and were not able to locate a suspect. It was determined after the search that an undisclosed amount of cash had been stolen.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative branch responded to the scene and continued with the investigation. Investigators were able to develop a suspect through the use of video surveillance footage and subsequently located and interviewed the man. During the interview the suspect made admissions as to his involvement in the burglary.

On July 24, 2017 at approximately 3:50pm, Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested 42 year old Lionel Rushford Jr. of Athens New York and charged him with Burglary in the Third Degree (Class D Felony), Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree (Class A Misdemeanor), and Petit Larceny (Class A Misdemeanor).

He was arraigned in Greenport Town Court before the Honorable Judge Gagan and was remanded to the Columbia County Jail with no bail. The defendant is scheduled to appear back in Greenport Town Court on July 31, 2017 at 3:30pm.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

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