BETHLEHEM — Bethlehem police arrested two brothers on separate incidents within 24 hours late last month.
Police first arrested Aurelio Berrios, 44, who had stolen a large screen TV from the Glenmont Walmart back on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 9:30 a.m. The TV was not found yet though and he was transported to the Bethlehem Police Department. He was charged with petit larceny and is scheduled to return to the Town of Bethlehem Court on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m.
Hours after A. Berrios’ arrest that same day, Bethlehem police received a report of a male individual removing a large boxed TV from the woods and covering it in a plastic bag, near the Glenmont Walmart. The person was found waiting for a bus on Route 9W in Glenmont but as police approached him, he fled the scene on foot.
The man was eventually stopped and arrested, and was identified as Miguel A. Berrios, the 41-year-old brother of Aurelio, of Albany. The boxed TV was determined to be the one Aurelio had stolen and Miguel was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.
Miguel had previously failed to appear in court multiple times so he was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court. He was then released on his own cognizance and has a scheduled return appearance ticket for Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.
However, less than 12 hours later, at 4:21 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, Miguel was arrested by the City of Albany Police Department on South Pearl Street in Albany, after they discovered him fleeing a burglary scene at Chicho Chicken Deli and Grocery on 333 South Pearl St.
Miguel was charged with a burglary felony and a petit larceny misdemeanor; he was arraigned in the City of Albany Court and released under supervision of the Albany County Probation Department.
Bethlehem police noted that the release without bail by Albany and Bethlehem Courts was required under 2020 bail reform laws.