Rome man accused of shoplifting, falsely identifying himself

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NEW HARTFORD — A Rome man was charged with attempting to steal items from the Boscov’s department store at Sangertown Square mall and falsely identifying himself to police Saturday.

New Hartford Police said following the incident at Boscov’s, James L. Mason, 21, was taken into custody and provided officers with the fictitious name of Andrew Brown, as well as a fake date-of-birth and address.

Mason was advised several times by police that if he was lying about his personal information, that additional charges would be filed against him. Although he was processed and fingerprinted, police said Mason continued to provide false information.

Once fingerprinted, a response came back correctly identifying the suspect as James L. Mason. Police said it was then learned that Mason gave the fictitious information because he had two warrants out for his arrest through state police, and one warrant from Rome Police.

The warrants from the state police were for felony counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

The warrant from Rome Police was for third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Mason was charged in New Hartford with petty larceny, false personation and second-degree forgery, a felony.

Mason was transported to county jail for pre-arraignment detention to be arraigned at a later date.

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