Two indicted in series of Schenectady knifepoint taxi holdups
SCHENECTADY Two local men were indicted this week in a series of taxi robberies, Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office officials said.
Thomas Embler, 28, of 2040 State St., and Terry Lewinski, 33, of 445 McClellan St., were indicted on counts of first- and second-degree robbery, along with weapons possession, grand larceny and menacing.
The two are accused of robbing three taxi drivers from Jan. 27 to Feb. 22 using the same scheme, according to prosecutor Michael DeMatteo. They would call a cab to a location, and once they were in the car for a few moments, they would cut the radio cord with a knife and rob the driver, DeMatteo said.
The men were found in the area of one of the robberies and the investigation eventually concluded they were responsible for all three, DeMatteo said.
• Also indicted this week was a burglary suspect Rotterdam police tracked down with his lost shoe.
Justin Lyman, 23, was indicted on one count each of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny.
Lyman is accused in a brazen midday burglary of a Rotterdam home Sept. 20, during which he was confronted by the homeowner, they struggled and he fled.
The struggle, which left the homeowner with an injury, increased the burglary count to first-degree burglary and resulted in the robbery count, DeMatteo said.
Police caught up with Lyman after he left behind a shoe during his flight. An analysis of the wearer’s DNA led to a match with Lyman’s sample in the state DNA database.
Lyman was in the database from a prior burglary conviction.
• Andre Griffin Jr., 32, and Markedia Shropshire, 25, both of 732 Bridge St., were indicted on counts of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.
The two are accused of possessing and selling cocaine and heroin from January to March.
• Tommie Davis, 27, of 14 Hawk St., was indicted on two counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
Davis is accused of driving drunk Feb. 11.