$25K bail set for woman accused of stealing cruiser

October 03, 2016 08:45 PM

SCHOHARIE – The woman accused of escaping from police custody and leading authorities on a seven-hour search Sunday night was back in court Monday evening. Bail was set at $25,000.

Tierra Scott, 27, was picked up on Grove St. in Middleburgh Sunday morning and brought to the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office for processing. Around 12:30 p.m., while the Trooper went from the driver’s side to the passenger side to get Scott out, at 5’2”, 105 lbs., she had slipped out of the handcuffs (arms behind her back), jumped into the driver's seat of a cruiser, locked the doors and drove off, dragging the Trooper for a short distance.

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“Our cars do not have cages and our policy is to transport a single prisoner in the front seat,” said NYSP spokesman Mark Cepiel. “If they are in the back seat, the Trooper has less able to control any behavior or watch them.

“She was handcuffed behind her back and he (the Trooper) checked the handcuffs and they were double-locked.”

State Police say a Sheriff’s Deputy fired shots at the car when Scott was getting away. Authorities say she abandoned the car on Wetsel Hollow Road and then went on foot, found around 7:15 p.m. in the Grovernors Corners area in the Town of Carlisle.  She was reportedly just a half mile from her father's house.

“The handcuffs on her were from the (Schoharie County) Sheriff’s Department,” Cepiel said. “The detective working the case made the arrest and asked for a uniformed car to transport her…It is our policy, per our manual, to have front seat transport.”

Monday night, Scott was arraigned in Schoharie Town Court on charges of Grand Larceny (3rd Degree), Reckless Endangerment (1st Degree), Assault (2nd Degree) and Escape from Custody, according to Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond. She is being housed in the Albany County Jail until bail is posted.

“Thank God it doesn’t happen very often but it has happened in the past and I believe there's always a chance it can happen because transporting a prisoner is very dangerous and you have to be very, very careful,” Desmond said. Desmond: "A little slip up can turn into a major problem."

Scott was married to Brianna Consalvo for four years but the marriage had fallen apart, said Caroline Consalvo, Scott’s mother-in-law. She tells NewsChannel 13 her daughter left with her 3-year old daughter (from a previous relationship with a man) and went to North Carolina. That, according to Caroline Consalvo, sent Tierra Scott into a tailspin.

"I was in shock, I was in a state of shock because she wouldn't do something like that,” Caroline Consalvo said. "I didn't understand what would make her do something like that. I really didn't because she's generally not like that. She's a good hearted person. She just got a lot of issues."

Authorities say Scott had been picked up after a break-in last Wednesday, September 28, at Reinhardt's Convenience Store in the Village of Richmondville at 4:30 a.m. The silent alarm went off at a store that she frequented and has 16 cameras inside and out.

Then, this past weekend at Taylor's Mini-Mart in the Town of Richmondville, sources say it was Scott who came in on Saturday, deliberately poured milk in the cooler to cause a distraction and while the clerk was cleaning it up, Scott allegedly took cigarettes and lottery tickets. Another break-in happened overnight, at 4 a.m., when the front door was smashed. Again lottery tickets were taken.

"Tierra robbed Reinhardt's, I guess, because she was going to find Brianna from my understanding but Brianna doesn't want nothing to do with her,” said Caroline Consalvo, who lived with her daughter Brianna, Tierra and the 3-year old for six months in Cobleskill.

"I think she just flipped out,” Consalvo said. “I think she just went crazy and I think that's basically what happened. But normally she's not that kind of a person.

"You know here's a time to straighten out your life. Do your time in jail, look to God, ask God for help. And he will be there."

Outside court on Monday, asked by NewsChannel 13 why she tried the escape, Scott answered: "I was panicking." Then we asked “Do you have anything to say to your family?” Scott: "No, I could use a good lawyer, though."


John Craig

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