MONTICELLO – A Liberty man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with a parole violation.
According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Shortridge, 52, was a passenger in a car that had been spotted in a driveway on Dillon Farm Road in the Town of Thompson. A deputy stopped the vehicle after it left the scene.
Shortridge gave the deputy a false name, said police, and was observed trying to throw his ID away when the deputy approached the car. Further investigation revealed he was wanted on the parole warrant.
Police explain that back in 2012, Shortridge was implicated in an extortion scheme involving bail money and the theft of a Torah scroll from the Landfield Avenue Synagogue in Monticello.
The Torah was eventually recovered, but Shortridge and his associate Chris Colvill filed a lawsuit against the synagogue claiming possible exposure to asbestos.
The pair had previously performed maintenance work for the synagogue.
Shortridge was paroled this past September from the Woodbourne State Correctional Facility after serving a sentence for forgery.
He had previously served time in state prison including a 1982 manslaughter conviction in Oneida County where he was accused of dismembering his victim, according to Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortridge was charged as a parole absconder and with the misdemeanor of false personation. He was placed in the Sullivan County Jail without bail.