Police are investigating Keene farmstand robbery

KEENE — A Keene farm was robbed on Sunday. New York State Police are investigating and no one has yet been charged in connection with the case.

Police say a man entered the Black Rooster Maple farmstand on state Route 73 Sunday morning and made off with $250 in cash and a bottle of maple syrup.

A surveillance camera set up inside the farmstand captured a relatively clear image of the man — who was wearing a grey t-shirt, light blue jeans, a cross necklace, glasses and a red hat — inside the stand around 9:20 a.m. on Sunday. In a post on a popular social media platform used by many Keene residents, owner Kristy Bassarab posted the image and said the man entered the stand, cleaned out the cash box and took some maple syrup.

The image was shared on another social media platform, and not long after the man was allegedly spotted in a photo taken in Tupper Lake a few days prior, rumors began circulating that the man had been caught.

New York State Police are still investigating the theft, according to Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman.

“No one has been charged,” she said.

Fleishman said these types of thefts aren’t reported to State Police often.

The last large-scale farm stand theft in this region happened in 2015, when a 21-year-old Eagle Bridge man was charged with six counts of third-degree burglary after he was accused of stealing several hundred dollars from the same farmstand over six different visits, the Glens Falls Post-Star reported at the time. Other farmstand owners in the area also reported thefts around that time. That same year, in Plattsburgh, a box truck owned by Pray’s Farmer’s Market was stolen, according to North Country Public Radio.

Black Rooster Maple owner Kristy Bassarab did not immediately respond for comment by deadline.


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