• 07/11/2012 (1:34:08 pm)
  • Bob Mulrenin

Former local sports store owner arrested, jailed

QUEENSBURY ♦ The former owner of an Aviation Mall sports memorabilia store that closed abruptly earlier this year was jailed Monday on a felony charge that accuses him of stealing thousands of dollars worth of memorabilia from a customer, police said.

Donald “Brendon” Brownson II, 40, was charged with third-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing $8,250 worth of sports cards, baseballs and other items, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

A customer who lives in Saratoga County gave Brownson the baseball items, including some related to New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and older players, over a period that began in September, sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said.

Brownson did not return the items before the store closed, and since the closure, the owner of the items has not been able to reach Brownson, Stockdale said.

In all, Stockdale said the Sheriff’s Office has heard from about 50 customers who claim Brownson owes them money or refunds for tickets to autograph signing events and memorabilia raffles.

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