New York ice cream truck driver 'Sno Cone Joe' stalked rival 'Mr. Ding-A-Ling', newspaper reports

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. - Police arrested a New York ice cream truck driver accused of threatening a rival driver, according to the Union Times.

Joshua Malatino, owner of the Sno Cone Joe franchise, stalked and taunted the driver of a Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck, police told the newspaper.

The 53-year-old driver for Mr. Ding-A-Ling had been on the streets of Gloversville less than a week when Malatino started harassing him, the paper reported.

"You don't have a chance!"  Malatino yelled, according to court documents. "This is my town!"

Police said Malatino, 34, and his girlfriend, Amanda Scott, 21, were following the rival driver around  the city, blaring their jingles and trying to steal his customers.

"Free ice cream!" they yelled at any parent or child approaching the Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck, police told the Union Times.

Malatino and Scott tailed the trucks and shouted at customers on April 16, 19 and 28, police said.

On Tuesday officers charged the operators with harassment and misdemeanor stalking, the Union Times reported.

The ice cream truck turf war could land the couple in jail for three months if convicted.

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