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GREENPORT State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested two women during a routine distracted driving road check. Cassandra Lester, 22, and Karlie Lester, 21, both of Livingston, were suspects in a robbery that occurred outside of the First Niagara Bank located in the town of Greenport.
At approximately 3:22 p.m. Tuesday, Columbia County 911 polled for a police unit to assist with an elderly female reporting that her purse had just been forcefully stolen when she was walking toward the entrance of the First Niagara Bank, located at 160 Fairview Avenue, in the town of Greenport, New York.
An interview of the victim revealed that while she was walking to the entrance of the bank, she was approached by female who attempted to grab her handbag. After a brief struggle, the victim lost control of her purse and the suspect fled the area.
While the police were responding to the scene, an eye witness to the crime was able to gather a description of the suspects involved and the suspect’s vehicle description including a partial license plate number. All of the information obtained was turned over to Columbia County 911 dispatchers. This significant information was utilized to issue an advisory for all police units in the area or responding to the scene to be on the look out for the vehicle that was just used in the commission of a crime.
Moments after Columbia County 911 issued the advisory to all local law enforcement, a vehicle matching the description offered to police was observed traveling on State Route 66 in the Town of Greenport where State Police were conducting a Distracted Driving road check. An unmarked spotter vehicle advised the troopers participating in the detail, to initiate a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle that was approaching their location. While interviewing the occupants of the vehicle, it was discovered that the female operator and the female passenger, were in possession of all of the victim’s personal effects as well as her purse.
Cassandra Lester and Karlie Lester were both charged with robbery 3rd degree, a class d felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class a misdemeanor when it was discovered that they had a two year old child in the vehicle during the commission of the crime. Cassandra Lester was additionally charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a misdemeanor.
If there are any additional witnesses to this crime, contact SP Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (518)851-2982.