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Buffalo man indicted in theft of bag of expensive jeans

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man who allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of jeans from a store at Fashion Outlets of Niagara pleaded not guilty to a three-count indictment Friday in Niagara County Court.

Tracy T. Rhym, 49, of Woodland Avenue, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny as well as two drug charges: seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said there has been a rash of shoplifting incidents involving high-priced True Religion jeans at the Saks Off 5th store in the mall. Scalzo said that on June 29, Rhym allegedly “loaded a trash bag with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.”

After that arrest, Rhym, a parole violator, was arrested in Clarence on robbery and assault charges, and in Buffalo on a petit larceny charge, Scalzo said.