Two charged in thefts at BC
DELMAR – Bethlehem detectives arrested two men for stealing copper and aluminum from outside a maintenance building in August after an investigation.
According to reports, workers at the facility noticed a heating coil was missing on August 25 and called police. Video of the exterior of the building showed that two men in a rental truck pulled up at 11:03 p.m. on August 24 and allegedly removed the coil.
They allegedly returned to the building at 2:44 a.m. to take other material located in the same area. The value of the heating coil taken was $4,210.
Detectives identified one of the suspects as Robert Mancucci III, 41, of Schaghticoke, and interviewed him at a parole office in Albany on September 18. During the meeting, Mancucci admitted involvement in the theft and the second person was Jacob Hoskins, 39, of Saratoga Springs. Mancucci was taken into custody at that time.
On Thursday, September 28, detectives traveled to Saratoga to interview Hoskins and, after an interview, took him into custody for the thefts.
Both men were charged with grand larceny – over $3,000, a felony, and trespass, a violation and arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court. Mancucci was sent to the Albany County jail because he had prior felony convictions. Hoskins was released on his own recognizance. They will be back in court on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Boy hit by car on Kenwood
GLENMONT – A 12-year-old boy was hit by a car near the intersection of Kenwood and Hoyt Avenues on Monday, Oct. 2 at 6:54 p.m.
According to reports, the boy was sitting stationary in the eastbound lane of road talking to a friend, was not wearing reflective clothing and did not have any lights on his bicycle. He was struck by an eastbound vehicle.
The boy was wearing a helmet and did sustain injuries to his leg and face. He was treated by Delmar-Bethlehem EMS.
According to police, the driver of the vehicle, an 18-year-old man from Delmar, did not see the bicyclist. During the investigation, the man, admitting to talking on a cell phone and police found that his vehicle did have a headlight out.
The man was ticketed for traffic violations and the condition of the boy is unknown.
Grand larceny at Lowes, two warrants
GLENMONT – A 32-year-old Catskill man was arrested by State
Police on an outstanding warrant from Bethlehem for a September 2 theft at Lowes.
According to reports, Nathaniel Picardi allegedly took two Dewalt planers from the shelf at the store and left without paying for them. The value of the merchandise was $1,248.
Picardi was identified by several law enforcement agencies after officers circulated surveillance images of the suspect. He was involved in thefts at other Lowes locations in the Capital District.
Bethlehem Judge Andrew Kirby signed an arrest warrant for Picardi on September 2.
He was charged with grand larceny, a felony, arraigned, released on his own recognizance, then transported to Colonie police investigators.
Picardi is scheduled back in Bethlehem Town Court on November 8.
GLENMONT – A wanted man was arrested by Bethlehem police after he contacted the agency to inquire about getting his vehicle released on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Christian Markus, 31, who is homeless, was looking to get his dump truck back after it was towed by police. He had an outstanding warrant from the Town of Colonie and was processed on the warrant and transported to meet Colonie police.
No license but rider wanted in Virginia
DELMAR – Bethlehem police stopped a 2019 Jaguar near the intersection of Roweland Avenue and Jordan Boulevard on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 3:28 a.m. after the vehicle failed to properly stop at a stop sign.
According to reports, the operator of the vehicle, a Schenectady man, did not have a valid license. A check of the identification of the passenger in the car, Athena Paturso, 32, of Schenectady, found that she was wanted by the Greenville County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office. She was taken into custody and arraigned by Bethlehem Town Judge Ryan Donovan. Paturso was sent to the Albany County jail with a return to court date of November 11. The driver was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and ticketed for driving without a license and improperly stopping a stop sign and released.
Serial larcenist had warrant at Walmart
GLENMONT – An Albany woman was the subject of a larceny in progress call at Walmart on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at approximately 9:41 p.m. and found to have an outstanding warrant.
According to reports, an employee at the store alerted Bethlehem police that Aaliyah Stout, 26, was attempting to leave the store with unpaid items and detained her.
After an investigation, Stout was found to have an outstanding warrant from Schenectady and taken into custody. Walmart declined to press charges for the theft since it received its merchandise back.
This was not the first time Stout has been charged with stealing from local stores.
On March 1, at CVS on Delaware Avenue she was arrested for shoplifting and, at that time, had an outstanding warrant and arrested again six days later for stealing from Walmart. It was the same night she was to appear in court for the first incident.
Stout and another woman were located a short distance from the store after loss-prevention staff called police describing her in connection with the theft of a bluetooth speaker. She was charged with petit larceny, processed on that charge, given an appearance ticket and released.
The merchandise was recovered in a nearby field and Stout and another woman were taken into custody.
In the CVS incident, Bethlehem police responded to a report of a shoplifter leaving the store with bags of stolen items. Officers located Stout a short distance away with the items in a backpack and garbage bag. Police also found needles and drug pipes in the bag.
A check of Stout’s identification, at that time, showed she had an outstanding warrant in Schenectady.
This time she was processed on the warrant and transported to meet Schenectady police again.
Stout was in possession of needles, a crack pipe and a knife this time.