BATAVIA – A 26-year-old Batavia man was arrested Tuesday by State Police after he was tracked to a Town of Batavia hotel hours after he was arrested for shoplifting in the Wayne County community of Macedon and stiffing a Macedon taxi driver out of a $144 fare.
Nicholas J. Elmore, who passed himself off to Macedon police as an acquaintance whose driver license he had earlier stolen, flagged a cab outside Macedon police headquarters and was driven to the Best Western Hotel here Tuesday.
But after the cabbie agreed to wait while he allegedly got cash in the hotel to pay the $144 cab fare, Elmore fled on foot through the back door of that hotel. After the cabbie called State Police an investigation was started. Macedon police confirmed a photo they were shown of Elmore was the man booked under another name on the shoplifting charges. State troopers then tracked him to another Batavia hotel where he was found with three packets of alleged heroin in his trousers pocket.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail here on counts of theft of services, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and petit larceny.