Usually, when men are dressed in Santa Claus suits and ringing the bell for donations, you rarely ever recognize the jolly volunteer in crimson.
Not in this case.
Edward Agrusti, 40, was arrested while performing his holiday duties for the Salvation Army outside of Price Chopper in Latham. A Colonie Police deputy somehow identified Agrusti, who had an outstanding order from the Colonie Court for failing to appear on a previous accusation of patronizing a girl who was involved in lewd acts.
How did he recognize the bum?
The alleged incident committed by Agrusti happened back in January 2018. As they were taking Agrusti away, he informed police that he was being paid by the Salvation Army to ring a ding the bell.
The Santa appearance didn’t deceive the cop walking past Price Chopper/Market Bistro in Latham. A man in a St.Nick costume was arrested in front of an upstate New York grocery store when the police officer recognized him as a man with an open arrest warrant. The man was collecting donations for the Salvation Army on Christmas Eve outside the store when he was spotted by the officer.
Edward Agrusti, 40, had an open arrest warrant for allegedly patronizing a prostitute nearly two years ago. Agrusti was cuffed at 11.45 am on Christmas Eve and given summons. The store confirmed to Times Union that he was sent by the Salvation Army. The organisation didn’t respond to the news or e-mails from the news media outlet.
Agrusti will appear before the Colonie Town Court the day after Christmas. Dressed in full costume he was ringing a bell and collecting money for the Salvation Army. The 40-year-old’s behaviour towards a prostitute in 2018 had resulted in an arrest warrant that was pending. The officer was at the store for another matter when he recognized the man having a warrant. Colonie police spokesman Lt. Robert H. Winn said they booked him, gave him an appearance ticket and drove him back to Price Chopper. [IBTimes]
The name of the woman has not to be revealed by the authorities as the case is susceptible and might hamper the image of the girl if her name gets publish out openly.
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