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Fugitive wanted in Canton, Ogdensburg was arrested in Walmart

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CANTON — Christopher L. Trombley allegedly slipped through the hands of law enforcement at least twice before a trip to Walmart landed the wanted Ogdensburg man in jail earlier this month.

A fugitive wanted by police in Canton and Ogdensburg, Mr. Trombley, 27, of 5130 County Route 6, was arrested Feb. 15 after an off-duty Canton officer spotted him in the town of Potsdam store, 7494 Route 11, interim Canton Police Chief Victor N. Rycroft said Thursday. Mr. Rycroft declined to name the officer who made the arrest.

That observant police officer recognized Mr. Trombley as a suspect who was wanted by Canton police for charges of false personation and petit larceny under a warrant from Canton Town Court. He also was wanted by Ogdensburg police as an absconder from justice. Mr. Rycroft referred questions about the Ogdensburg warrant to that city’s department.

Ogdensburg police said Thursday that they were unable to answer questions about Mr. Trombley’s case.

According to the Times archives, in 2007 Mr. Trombley pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and was sentenced in August of that year to five years’ probation. His state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision record lists only one conviction, for attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

In Canton, meanwhile, Mr. Trombley was caught stealing at the Price Chopper supermarket in the village Jan. 17, according to a release from Mr. Rycroft. Mr. Trombley did not have identification at the time of his arrest but provided false information to arresting officers that appeared to be correct, Mr. Rycroft said. He was issued an appearance ticket and released pending further proceedings.

But fingerprints taken during the arrest revealed Mr. Trombley’s true identity a short time later, and police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Mr. Trombley was arrested without incident Feb. 15 and detained until state police arrived to take him into custody.

Following arraignment in Canton Town Court, Mr. Trombley was taken to the St. Lawrence County jail. He was found to be in possession of narcotic pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia that he had attempted to conceal, Mr. Rycroft said, with additional charges expected to be filed with Potsdam Town Court regarding that alleged cache of substances.

Mr. Rycroft said Mr. Trombley was transported last week to Clinton Correctional Facility, Dannemora, to serve out remaining charges pending from Ogdensburg. State Department of Corrections records show he is facing a sentence of 18 months, with an earliest possible release date of March 1, 2014.

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