March 25, 2009
The Facebook Page Merman-Smith Tried To Delete (cached)
Rochester, New York (The Weekly Vice) -- "I have your luggage and I'm holding it for ransom. I want $700 in unmarked bills if you want to ever see your luggage again. Oh.....and before you get any wise ideas about calling the police, the Samsonite gorilla is here just dying to jump on your luggage if i get any grief from you."
William Merman-Smith, a 25-year-old Greece, New York Man was arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing luggage from a New York airport and then demanding money before he would return it.
Investigators say Merman-Smith took luggage from the Greater Rochester International Airport on March 15th and 16th. He then emailed one of the victims and demanded $700 for it's return.
Authorities were able to locate Merman-Smith by tracking down his i.p. address. Airport security video was also obtained, which reportedly captured the theft.
Officers obtained a warrant and paid Merman-Smith a visit, recovering a computer along with the stolen luggage. State police returned the luggage to all three victims.
Merman-Smith was booked into Monroe County Jail on charges of 2nd-degree grand larceny by extortion, 3rd-degree grand larceny and petit larceny. After pleading not guilty to the charges, he was released without bail.
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