Parolee charged with stealing knife from Walmart


WARSAW - A village man who has spent 15 of the last 17 years in state prison for numerous armed robberies was arrested and charged with stealing a knife from Walmart, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

Jason L. Darby, 48, who remains on parole for robbery, allegedly entered Walmart Sunday, stole a pocketknife and ran from the store before police arrived.

He was found a short time later at a house on North Maple Street, where he was found with the knife and taken into custody without incident, Sgt. Colin Reagan said.

Darby was charged with petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and is to appear at a later date in Town Court.

According to state Department of Corrections, Darby is on parole until November 2022 and on post-release supervision until September 2024 for a robbery and criminal mischief conviction in Monroe County in 2017.

He was sentenced to three to six years and was released on Nov. 25.

Darby had been out of prison just a few months when he committed the robbery.

In 2003, Darby was arrested and charged in connection with at least eight robberies at convenience stores throughout Monroe County, including some where he brandished a stun gun and box cutters and knives.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was released in 2016 after serving 13 years.

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