Police: Career criminal arrested again for shoplifting

September 24, 2018 03:54 PM

QUEENSBURY – Michael Fuschino, 57, who has been repeatedly arrested for stalking and harassment around the Capital Region, has been arrested again. He is now facing shoplifting charges from a store he was told to stay out of – Walmart. And not just the one on Route 9 in Queensbury -- every Walmart.

Just before 9 p.m. Sunday night, Warren County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Walmart for a reported shoplifter. He had been given written notice on two prior occasions to stay off the property of any Walmart. He was taken to the Warren County Jail without bail.

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His run-ins with the law date back to the fall of 1978. Authorities say in 1979 he mailed a high school classmate 10 threatening letters, two included kitchen knives; in the early 1980s he filed and lost appeals, saying he never had counsel; known as "Frogger man," he was kicked out of mall arcades for pinching and groping women; authorities say he's had peoples' cars towed for no reason; according to court records, in 1993 he was convicted of stalking and harassing a 22-year old HVCC student, even going so far as to publish her obituary in the paper; in 1998 he called the power company more than a dozen times, mimicked a woman's voice, to have her power shut off.

Between 1980 and 2006 he was convicted 15 times, five times for aggravated harassment. He regularly violated orders of protection usually receiving just probation. During a trial in Schenectady County, he was charged with contempt after allegedly calling the victim while the jury was deliberating. In 2010, authorities say he harassed an 86-year old woman, a neighbor, with hang-up calls that had lasted six years.

The official charge is Burglary (3rd degree, Class D Felony), and Petit Larceny (Class A Misdemeanor). Fuschino, of Warrensburg, was arraigned in Queensbury Town Court and is due back in court October 1.


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