The initial 911 call reported two armed men entered the establishment and demanded money.
NEW HAMPTON, NY — A report of an armed robbery at an Orange County adult store ended up with embezzlement charges against a story employee and three other arrests. State police said troopers responded around 10 a.m. June 18 to a call about an armed robbery at the Adult World Boutique on Route 17M in New Hampton.
The clerk — Venessa Mirabel, 47, of Middletown — called 911 and said two men entered the store with handguns and demanded cash, police said.
It was reported that about $2,800 in cash was stolen from a safe, according to authorities.
The men were seen by witnesses leaving the business holding handguns and leaving in a light-colored Ford Focus, police said.
The vehicle was stopped a short time later by Village of Goshen police on Route 17M in Goshen. The occupants were taken into custody by responding troopers and Goshen officers.
An investigation by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation said that the robbery had been staged to cover a previous embezzlement of cash by Mirabel.
Police said she had been stealing money from the business over the course of the past month, and a plan was made with three other people to stage the robbery in an effort to hide the previous thefts.
In addition to Mirabel, Anthony Williams, 22, Jesse Hocutt, 32, and Sabrina Williams, 25, all of Hurleyville, were arrested as a result of the investigation.
They all were charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny and misdemeanor fifth-degree conspiracy.
Mirabel was charged with an additional count of fourth-degree grand larceny and misdemeanor providing a false written statement.
They were arraigned in the Town of Wallkill Court and sent to the Orange County Jail in lieu of bail.
State police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.