At 7:04 p.m. on Sept. 9, Ithaca Police officers responded to a report of a subject displaying a handgun at Wal-Mart on Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway after being confronted by store personnel regarding shoplifting, according to a media release. When approached, the defendant, Gregory Desamours, age 37 of Newark Valley, placed his hand on what appeared to be a handgun tucked into the waist of his pants before he fled the store with the stolen property.
Using a description of the vehicle Desamours fled in, officers were quickly able to apprehend him between Lowes and the Spring Buffet. Officer ordered the five occupants to exit at gunpoint. The suspect that fled was positively identified and arrested for larceny of over $150 in merchandise. Desamours quickly admitted he had a BB gun in his waistband at the time of the theft. He was later processed by police at the Ithaca Police Department before being issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Ithaca City Court.
Desamours was then turned over to New York State Police officers regarding warrants for him on unrelated charges in another jurisdiction. A second passenger in the vehicle was determined to be wanted for unrelated charges in another county and he was turned over New York State Police for transport to that locale. The BB gun used by Desamours, along with a second BB gun, were located in the vehicle. Desamours’ BB gun was said to be easily mistaken for a real handgun.