QUEENSBURY -- An arrest warrant has been issued for the former owner of a sports memorabilia store who was arrested over the summer after allegedly ripping off a customer and defrauding dozens of others.
The warrant was issued after Donald “Brendon” Brownson II, 40, skipped recent court appearances, officials said.
He was charged with third-degree grand larceny in July for allegedly taking $8,250 worth of sports cards, signed baseballs and other items from a customer and not returning them when he closed his store and left the area in February.
Brownson posted $1,000 bail after he was charged July 9 and made one court appearance in the weeks that followed.
On Oct. 9, when he missed consecutive court appearances, an arrest warrant was issued. He has yet to be located, however.
Brownson operated Omega Sports in Aviation Mall for several years before the store abruptly closed Feb. 11.
A number of customers claimed he had taken money for autograph signing events with professional wrestlers, though two of the professional wrestlers allegedly involved issued public statements claiming they had not agreed to attend.
After the store closed, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office had about 50 people come forward claiming they had been defrauded.
Brownson was arrested over the summer in Niagara Falls — where he had apparently opened a new store — based on the allegations of a Saratoga County resident who said Brownson failed to return numerous items the man had given Brownson over a period of months.
Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said he understood Brownson was trying to negotiate a return of the items to the victim in exchange for the charges being dropped.
The Sheriff’s Office turned over information about other alleged victims to the Warren County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution, Stockdale said.
No charges had been filed on behalf of those victims as of Monday, and the status of cases involving other complainants was not available Monday from the District Attorney’s Office.
Brownson has not retained a lawyer to defend him against the charges, according to Queensbury Town Court records.