Luke Stoddard Nathan filed this request with the New York State Police of New York.
Due June 5, 2017
Est. Completion Aug. 2, 2017
Awaiting Response


From: Luke Stoddard Nathan

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request that the following records be emailed to me, if possible:

(a) any and all records created since January 1, 2016--including incident or arrest reports--pertaining to the Walmart Supercenter at 760 Hoosick Road, Brunswick. You may redact Social Security numbers or other details that, if disclosed, would constitute unwarranted invasions of personal privacy.

(b) any and all records pertaining to a memorandum of understanding or "agreement regarding thefts at Walmart stores in Brunswick and East Greenbush," as Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove, who reportedly reached the agreement with Walmart, reportedly described it in a separate memorandum.

(c) all department policies for officers responding to incidents involving shoplifting at Walmarts; hypermarkets; discount department stores; or similarly large, so-called "big box" stores.

For reference or to assist your search for responsive documents, the following news articles were published by the Albany Times Union on May 26, 2017:
1. "Walmart shoplifters may get break," 8:19 A.M. <>
2. "Rensselaer County DA ends practice of not prosecuting some Walmart shoplifters," 2:44 P.M. <>

Perhaps of particular note, according to the 2:44 P.M. Albany Times Union story, "In the past, troopers were frequently called to handle shoplifting cases at the Walmart in Brunswick."

Please note that statistical or factual tabulations or data; instructions to staff that affect the public; and final agency policy or determinations cannot be withheld from the public under Section 87(2)(g) of the Freedom of Information Law.

If my request is too broad or does not adequately describe the Records, please contact me so that I may clarify my request, and when appropriate inform me of the manner in which Records are filed, retrieved or generated.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Luke Stoddard Nathan


Dear Mr. Stoddard Nathan:

Reference is made to your request for records, received at this office on May 30, 2017, pursuant to the requirements of Article 6 of the Public Officers Law (Freedom of Information).

Due to the volume of requests received and currently being processed by this agency, a written response will be sent to you by or before August 2, 2017.

T/Lieutenant Debra L. Benziger
Records Access Officer
Central Records Bureau


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