WATERLOO — A Seneca Falls man who got cold feet while trying to rob a store at Waterloo Premium Outlets, then was arrested on a drug charge, is looking at several years in prison.
Timothy Brown, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in Seneca County Court to second-degree attempted robbery (class D felony) and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (class B felony). He will be sentenced March 3 by Judge Dennis Bender to three years in prison.
Brown admitted that last November he tried to get money from the Calvin Klein store at the outlet center by making the female cashier believe he had a gun. However, he left the store moments later without the cash.
“I held my hand in my pocket to make it look like I had a gun,” he said. “She told me she had to get the manager to open the cash register. I got nervous and left.”
Shortly before he was charged for that crime, Brown and three other people were arrested in a joint investigation by the sheriff’s office narcotics division, Seneca Falls police and state police into the sale of heroin.
Also charged in that bust were Brown’s sister (Amy Weeman), his girlfriend (Andrea Osterhout) and his mother (Mary Brown). Police said after getting a search warrant for Brown’s home, they found heroin, marijuana, digital scales, packaging materials and hypodermic needles.
Authorities said Brown and the others were living at the residence, as was an infant child. They said Brown possessed 30 Baggies of heroin at the time of the warrant and earlier had sold some to another person.
In other county court action Monday:
• Patricia Bruno, 53, of Seneca Falls, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to third-degree attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, a class E felony. The sentence also satisfies a violation of probation charge.
Bruno was arrested in December by Seneca Falls police following an investigation into a meth manufacturing location. She was on probation from another drug case at the time of her arrest.
• Tiffany Doan, 27, of Montour Falls, was sentenced to four years at the Willard Drug Treatment campus after pleading guilty to third-degree manufacture of methamphetamine.
Doan was arrested last July after a traffic stop by county deputies on Route 96 in Covert. Deputies said items used to make meth were in the vehicle.
• Kathleen Moriarity, 39, of Seneca Falls, was sentenced to interim probation along with drug court after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Moriarity admitted to being in possession of eight bags of crack cocaine and 46 Baggies of heroin, with intent to sell, when she was arrested last August by Waterloo police after a traffic stop on West River Street.
• James Ector, 38, of Covert, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to bigamy, a class E felony. He admitted marrying a woman in Varick last May while being married to another woman.
• Jessica Dyson, 28, of Seneca Falls, was sentenced to eight months in jail after admitting she violated terms of her probation. She was placed on probation last year for attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument.