A Colorado man charged with felony theft pleaded not guilty Thursday at his Albany County District Court arraignment, after an Albany County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call involving a possible theft of about $4,700.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, an Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched Sept. 17 to an Albany County residence for a report of a theft. When the deputy arrived at the scene, he spoke with the victim and learned he recently received a settlement check he cashed and had about $4,700 in cash earlier that day, court documents state.
Allegedly, Larsen took the money as the victim was changing his clothes and was told by Larsen he was going to put it in a safe place. The victim said he did not confront Larsen when he took the money because Larsen had a brain injury from a gunshot wound and was unstable, according to court documents.
About half an hour after Larsen took the money, he said he was going to take a walk and left the residence. The victim showed the deputy a text message conversation between the victim and Larsen which indicated the money was in Larsen’s pocket, according to the Affidavit of Probable Cause.
Court documents state the victim attempted to call Larsen but he would not answer the phone and eventually was blocked by Larsen.
The deputy also learned there was an active warrant for Larsen’s arrest in Colorado, and was confirmed by one of the victim’s roommates who showed the officer a booking photo of Larsen from Colorado, according to court documents.
Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken said if Larsen is found guilty of the theft charge he could be sentenced to a maximum of a decade in prison and have to pay thousands of dollars in fines.
“If there is a guilty conviction (Larsen) could receive no more than 10 years in prison or $10,000 in fines,” Kricken said.
Larsen is scheduled to appear May 29-30 for his District Court jury trial.