MASSENA - Keith Peterson of Massena was enjoying a cup of hot chocolate with a friend at Dunkin Donuts Tuesday night on Main Stteet when he was approached by a state trooper who began questioning him in connection with investigation of what police believed, at the time, to be an armed robbery at Steves Stop & Shop in Louisville.
Police were looking for a dark colored pickup truck and a suspect described as approximately 511 and 180 pounds. Police were also informed that the suspect had displayed a revolver during the burglary, while also wearing a camouflage jacket and bandana.
Mr. Peterson fit this bill nearly to a T.
I drive a dark blue S-10 and they were looking for a dark colored pickup, he said. Im 510 and 190 pounds, pretty close to the description of who they were looking for.
Also, Mr. Peterson, who described himself as an avid hunter and trapper, said he had a bandana on the dashboard of his truck and a .22 caliber pellet gun in the back seat.
That must have really got their attention, he said.
He said it was 8:45 p.m. when a female trooper approached him and began asking him questions, after taking a peek through the windows of his truck, discovering the gun and bandana.
Mr. Peterson said after she confirmed he was the driver of the dark colored pickup, the first question she asked was how long he had been at Dunkin Donuts. When he answered, a while, he said she responded by asking, How long is a while?
Noting that he didnt look at the clock when he arrived at Dunkin Donuts, he replied, Ive been here almost long enough to finish my drink.
Luckily though, for Mr. Peterson he was not drinking his hot chocolate alone.
I just happened to be lucky that I had a friend with me who could verify my location, he said. This could have really turned into something, all because someone filed a false report.
Mr. Peterson said he doesnt fault the state police, who were simply doing their jobs.
I applaud the officer for keeping a level head and not jumping to any conclusions, he said. I would say it was a good job by the police.
When asked what he thought of being questioned by the police, he said he wasnt nervous, because he knew that he didnt have anything to hide. I was kind of surprised by it, but I knew I had nothing to hide, he said.
State police have charged Kristopher G. Brothers, 20, of Massena with sixth-degree conspiracy and petit larceny, and Tyler D. Maxwell, 19, of Louisville, with petit larceny, sixth-degree conspiracy, and additional counts of making a punishable false written statement and third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Maxwell was employed, and working, at the store when the alleged crime, which involved the theft of approximately $950, took place.