Barry Renert alleged fall crime spree stretched into the winter and from Florida to Cooperstown Monday.
According to information from law enforcement and other sources, Renert, the former store manager at Seventh Inning Stretch, entered the store dressed in black and wearing a ski mask at 8:53 a.m. Renert confronted Vincent Carfagno, owner of the business, in the store’s rear office and displayed a 9mm Glock pistol. According to sources, Carfagno threw himself to the floor, produced his own gun and fired at Renert, causing Renert to flee unharmed.
Seventh Inning Stretch is a baseball memorabilia store at 137 Main St. with an additional entrance in Doubleday Court.
According to Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert, Cooperstown Police were alerted about the incident at 8:55 a.m. and arrived on the scene immediately.
A law enforcement source has said that the store was equipped with security cameras, and that investigators were provided with “very good quality,” footage of the incident.
“No comment,” said Carfagno, when approached by The Cooperstown Crier.
A source said that Renert had a grudge against Carfagno, and described Renert as a “disgruntled ex-employee.”
Sources say that Carfagno had recently filed a complaint with Cooperstown village police against Renert, formerly of Richfield Springs, for embezzlement from the store.
Police were not able to question Renert immediately about this complaint because he had moved to Florida, according to law enforcement sources.
On Sept. 6, state police reported that Renert had been sent to Otsego County Jail one day earlier after he was arrested for criminal contempt for violating an order of protection by making unwanted personal contact and personal calls to a woman protected by a court order.
According to Otsego County records, Renert owns a home at 69 Monticello St., Richfield Springs, with Rebecca Sweet, 36. Sources said that Sweet is the woman who obtained an order of protection barring Renert from contacting her.
Renert was also arrested on Dec. 4 in Seminole County Florida on a contempt of court charge, according to a Seminole County employee, who said that Renert reported to a drug treatment facility Dec. 11. The facility, The Center for Drug-Free Living, is located in Orlando, Fla.
Cooperstown Crier Editor Greg Klein, The Daily Star Reporter Joe Mahoney and Cooperstown Crier Reporter Bera Dunau contributed to this story.