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Cops: Off-Duty Hastings Chief Spots A&P Shoplifter

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Off-duty Police Chief David Bloomer saw a woman walk out of the A&P store on Main Street without paying for a cart of groceries, and she was arrested, police said.

Nina Lighty, 43, of Yonkers had $409.47 worth of groceries in her cart when she walked out without paying just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, police said. She was charged with petty larceny.

Police said Lighty had outstanding warrants in White Plains on charges of larceny and bail jumping. She was released and taken into custody by the White Plains police.

Lighty was with three other females at the time of her arrest at the A&P, police said. One of them, a 38-year-old Yonkers woman, was cited for operating a motor vehicle without a license. Police said she also could not produce an insurance card.

The following incidents were also reported by Hastings-on-Hudson police:

Malicious Fire Alarm: A 16-year-old Graham School student was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident, which is a class A misdemeanor, about 9 p.m. Monday, June 11. Police said a Graham staff member saw the student pull the fire alarm for the elementary school. The student was released back to the school.

Choking Arrest: A 15-year-old Graham School student was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, a class A misdemeanor, on Sunday, June 17. Police said he put a 19-year-old female student in a choke hold on June 7. The incident was reported June 11.

Stolen Gasoline: An attendant at Hastings Tire reported that two drivers used fraudulent gift cards to steal $133 worth of gas. Police said that when the attendant ran the gift cards, they were declined and the two vehicles drove off. Police said the license plates reported did not match the description of the vehicles. Police are still investigating.

Damaged Vehicle: The rear window of a 2012 Jeep Liberty was shattered about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16, on Overlook Road. Police said the vehicle's owner heard a noise and her dog began barking, and when she went out to check, the window had been broken. Police said nothing was taken from inside the car.

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