Three men were arrested in New Hartford Thursday in an interesting series of well-timed events.
A retired police officer was in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on Commercial Drive when he noticed suspicious activity that he thought to be drug-related and called the police.
New Hartford police say an officer responded to the call around 11:40 a.m. While he was arresting 29 year-old Joshua Jones of Marcy for possession of hypodermic needles, the officer noticed two males walking out of the store with a shopping cart full of store merchandise.
Police say the shopping cart had 27 items worth a total of $1,271 all stolen from the store. The officer also found heroin and hypodermic needles on the two men during the arrest.
21 year-old Kevin Lamb of Rome and 23 year-old Richard Loomis of Camden were charged with criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and controlled substance, both misdemeanors.
Jones was charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of New Hartford for a later date.
Lamb and Loomis were arraigned in the town of New Hartford court and sent to Oneida County Correction Facility in lieu of bail. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.