Wanted men picked up after GPS ‘ping’

PERTH – With the help of GPS?technology, Montgomery County sheriff’s investigators located and arrested two wanted men Friday.

Joseph Chirico, 40, was wanted on 15 warrants issued by Amsterdam Town Court charging him with petit larceny and criminal trespass. He had been accused of stealing items from the Amsterdam Price Chopper over the course of five months, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators learned the number for his cellphone, and they were able to “ping” the phone using GPS, locating him at 363 Smith Road in Perth.

“Once investigators announced their presence, Chirico emerged from the residence and was taken into custody without incident,” the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Christopher Clark, an associate of Chirico who was wanted on warrants from Gloversville City Court, was found in the same residence. He was turned over to Gloversville police.

Chirico was transported to the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office, where he was processed, and arraigned in Amsterdam Town Court on 15 counts of petit larceny and 10 counts of criminal trespass.

He was sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

The Fulton County Sherriff’s Office and state police assisted at the scene.