Two caught stealing ATM on Delaware Avenue
DELMAR – On Monday, September 4 at approximately 12:10 AM, Bethlehem police responded to a call for a larceny in progress at Jim’s Tastee Freeze at 58 Delaware Avenue. According to reports, a witness reported that they had recorded two individuals walking across Delaware Avenue carrying a large object on a dolly. The witness also reported hearing loud noises and yelling coming from the business.
Officers located the dolly in the Jiffy Lube parking lot across the street and one of the men sitting directly behind the garage.
An ATM machine from the ice cream stand was located down the embankment behind Jiffy Lube. The officers took the man, who was identified as William C. Kennedy, 51, who is homeless, into custody. He also had an outstanding warrant from the Town of Colonie and was listed as a missing person in the City of Albany.
As the officer was transporting Kennedy back to the police station, the officer saw a male who matched the description of the second suspect.
The second man was identified as John Carroll, 54, who is homeless, and he was detained for further investigation. Carroll was wanted on an active warrant from the City of Albany.
According to reports, both suspects were positively identified by witnesses who saw them sitting behind the ice cream stand earlier in the night smoking and drinking.
Kennedy and Carroll were both charged with criminal mischief and grand larceny, both felonies, and conspiracy, a misdemeanor.
The ATM machine was winched up the hill by J&S Towing and transported to the evidence garage with a police escort.
They were arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court by Judge Ryan Donovan.
Carroll was released on his own recognizance and Kennedy was sent to Albany County Correctional Facility with no bail due to two prior felony convictions and the judge must remand in that situation according to State Law.
A return date has been set for September 7 in Town of Bethlehem Court.
Fourth arrest for 2018 larceny
DELMAR – A homeless man was arrested for the fourth time on Thursday, Aug. 31 for not showing up to court to face charges stemming from a June 2018 incident where he allegedly stole items from a store in Glenmont Plaza on Route 9W.
Michael Gavin, 35, was detained in Colonie and transported to Bethlehem. He was arraigned by Bethlehem Town Judge Andrew Kirby and Kirby set bail at $1,000 cash or $2,000 partially secured bond.
Gavin was arrested in February 2022 on a bench warrant for not showing up for court and released on his own recognizance by Kirby that time. He was also arrested on a bench warrant in September 2019 for not showing up for the original court date of the original arrest for petit larceny in February 2019. That time he was released by Kirby under the supervision of probation.
Ate evidence at CVS, had warrant
DELMAR – Bethlehem police responded to CVS on Delaware Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 27 at approximately 11:47 a.m. for a report of a man taking food items from the store and eating them in the bathroom. According to reports, Ashanti Burch, 43, of Albany, then left the store.
Officers located Burch a short distance away, but the business decided not to pursue criminal charges for the now-consumed merchandise. They did, however, want to have Burch trespassed from the store. That is a process where a person is told that they are not welcome in the store again and can be charged if they return.
When officers checked his identification, they found he had an outstanding warrant from the City of Schenectady.
Burch was taken into custody and transported to meet Schenectady police.
DWI on Route 9W
GLENMONT – On Tuesday, Aug. 29 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Bethlehem police received a call from a driver that they had witnessed a red 2015 Chevrolet Silverado heading west on Glenmont Road and was swerving into oncoming traffic. According to reports the truck failed to navigate the traffic circle at Route 9W, ran over a DOT sign at the exit and accelerated to a high rate of speed until it pulled into a driveway.
According to reports, officers arrived and approached the driver, a 31-year-old from Glenmont. Officers observed the man was failing to maintain his balance and had watery and bloodshot eyes. The officer showed him the damage to the truck, which was consistent with hitting a sign,, but the man denied hitting any signs.
He was given and failed field sobriety tests and tested positive for breath alcohol on a pre-screening device, which registered .17 percent BAC.
He was taken into custody, but the man refused to submit to a calibrated breath test at the police station.
He was charged with DWI and ticketed for failure to keep right, failure to notify change of address and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
The man was given a bill of particulars, issued traffic tickets and an appearance ticket for Bethlehem Town Court on September 5.
GLENMONT – Bethlehem police checked a 31-year-old Earlton man who was walking northbound on Route 9W on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 12:46 a.m. and found he was wanted in Guilderland.
Chase Halse was taken to meet Guilderland police.
Asleep and DWI
GLENMONT – On Sunday, Sept. 3 at approximately 2:44 p.m. Bethlehem police responded to a parking lot at 68 Route 9W to assist Bethlehem EMS while checking a person who was slumped over the steering wheel in a black Lincoln Town Car. According to reports, when officers arrived they found the car running and had to wake up the driver, a 51-year-old Schenectady man, by rubbing his chest.
Officers observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath, poor coordination and kept bracing himself when interacting with EMS personnel.
He had difficulty reading and filling out paperwork and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.
The man was evaluated and released from EMS, then given and failed field sobriety tests by police and taken into custody for DWI.
At the police station he provided a breath sample that returned a .14 percent BAC.
He was given a bill of particulars and given an appearance ticket for Bethlehem Town Court on September 19.
Warrant for 2019 charges
DELMAR – Albany County Sheriff’s Deputies brought a 30-year-old woman over from the Albany County jail on Tuesday, Sept. 5 for an outstanding warrant from Bethlehem Town Court because she did not show up to court for charges related to a September 2019 arrest.
Cheyenne Lee was charged in that incident with criminal possession of a controlled substance, but did not show up for the October 1, 2019 court date.
She was arraigned and the case was resolved by Bethlehem Judge Ryan Donovan and Lee was sent back to the Albany County jail.
Warrant for 2021 larceny
DELMAR – Bethlehem police traveled to the Schenectady County jail on Tuesday, Sept. 5 to pick up a 67-year-old Albany man who did not show up for court in 2021.
Frank Koehler, was arrested in September 2021 for allegedly removing price tags, putting merchandise into a green bag and leaving Walmart.
He was detained by store employees until police arrived. Koehler said he was COVID positive and was given an appearance ticket for Bethlehem Town Court in October 2021. He was also advised to turn himself in on an outstanding warrant at that time from Niskayuna police.
Koehler was processed and arraigned by Town Judge Ryan Donovan and sent back to the Schenectady County jail.
Larceny and multiple warrants
GLENMONT – On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Bethlehem police responded to a business on Glenmont Road for a report of a larceny in progress.
When officers arrived the employee of the store reported that a woman left the store with two shopping bags full of merchandise without paying and dropped one at the exit while running to her car.
The officers located Jessica Grove, 30, and found through a DMV check, Grove had multiple outstanding warrants in the Capital Region. The employee said they did not wish to press charges on the larceny as long as they got the merchandise back.
Grove was processed and transported to meet Guilderland police for one of the warrants.