Cops charge pair with probiotic thievery

Two Rockland residents have been charged with second degree robbery (felony), petit larceny (misdemeanor) and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree (misdemeanor) for allegedly making off with a haul of probiotic medication at the West Nyack Shop-Rite.

On Monday around 4:12 p.m. security at the West Nyack Shop-Rite say they detected a female picking up two boxes of probiotic and leaving the store without paying. A 59-year-old loss prevention officer confronted her, but she and a male friend, both 24-years-old, resisted and fled the scene.

They couldn’t evade law enforcement, however, and were picked up by Clarkstown patrol a short time later.

The suspects were identified as Lisa Johansen, 24, of Nyack and Jared Macina, 24, of Haverstraw.

They were arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing. The merchandise was valued at $58. Both suspects were charged with robbery in the second degree (felony), petit larceny (misdemeanor) and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree (misdemeanor).

The suspects were arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court. Bail was set at $7,500 for Johansen and $10,000 for Macina. Both suspects were transported to the Rockland County Jail.