Arrest at Plaza Bootery


Plaza Bootery, 1912 Palmer Ave., Larchmont

Plaza Bootery owner Lee Mendes, 46, was arraigned in Larchmont Village Court Thursday night on a charge of 3rd degree robbery, felony and a charge of selling counterfeit merchandise, also a felony

Mendes was arrested by Larchmont Police at 11:09 am Thursday at his Larchmont store for the robbery reported there February 12, according to Police Chief John Poleway.

The alleged victim and her friend involved in the incident had been unable to positively identify the suspect to police after the incident, they told theLoop, because police had only a dated picture.

On Wednesday, after seeing the suspect walking  near the store, police were called and the suspect identified.

Mendes was already due to appear in Court  on charges of counterfeiting, stemming from a raid on the store in conjunction with the Westchester DAs office  in January.

Friday’s arraignment before Judge Bernstein addressed charges from both incidents.  Bail was set at $10,ooo cash and Mendes remains in jail as of press time. According to Poleway, he will be there until a felony hearing in Village Court on Monday, Feb. 28.

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2 thoughts on “Arrest at Plaza Bootery

  1. For many years, my whole family bought all our shoes at Plaza Bootery.
    Then one day, a few years ago, I went in to return a pair of Docksiders whose sole came loose after a few weeks wear (now I am wondering if they were in fact counterfeit merchandise!).
    I had not kept the receipt, if ever they issued one. The clerk whom I had know for quite a while told me she has to ask the owner. She came back rather apagogically to say they could not help at all, even though I was known in the store and had a long term customer relationship.
    I have never been in the store again. Larchmont does not need merchants like this one.

  2. ?The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have – and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.
    – Paul Heyne

    This is a real “kick”! But no longer is the “pants” too :-)

    Innocent until proven guilty, but hope any guilty soles will get the boot!

    “Shop Local”? First stop the optical shops for vision?

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