SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. -- A Spring Valley man has been convicted of stealing a wallet and then demanding ransom for the stolen wallet, announced Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.
On Sept. 2, 2014, a local woman mistakenly left her wallet, containing cash, credit cards and identification, at the Spring Valley Post Office. The defendant, Roberto Torres, contacted the victim and the Spring Valley Police Department the following day, claiming to have found the wallet outside the post office.
Torres then attempted to 'ransom' the property back, refusing to return the wallet unless payment was made. When authorities made contact with Torres, he told investigators he had thrown the wallet into the Hudson River before attempting again to 'ransom' the wallet and its contents. Detectives later recovered the stolen wallet and credit cards from under the defendant's bed, with approximately $60 missing.
Torres was convicted after a jury trial to six counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, class E Felonies. Sentencing will be on Jan. 12, 2016. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney, Michael Dugandzic.
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