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Youths charged in Union College theft

Cash, items taken from locker room

Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Thousands of dollars worth of mobile phones and property was stolen from the men's lacrosse team of Hartwick College as they competed at Union College Sunday. The theft took place at Union's fieldhouse.
Thousands of dollars worth of mobile phones and property was stolen from the men's lacrosse team of Hartwick College as they competed at Union College Sunday. The theft took place at Union's fieldhouse.

— Police charged two Schenectady teenagers Wednesday night in the theft of thousands of dollars in property from a basement locker room in Union College’s Memorial Field House on Sunday.

The names of the alleged thieves are not being released because of their ages, according to a news release Thursday from Schenectady police. The two minors were charged with third-degree burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Police received a report of the thefts about 2:25 p.m. Sunday. They occurred sometime after the Union College men’s lacrosse team took the field around 11:30 a.m. against Hartwick College. The property belonged to Hartwick players and included at least 16 cellphones, a half-dozen pairs of headphones, two pairs of sunglasses, a watch and more than $500 in cash.

An investigation began immediately, police said, and over the course of the next two days, they managed to identify the responsible individuals with the help of the department’s Detective Division and Youth Aid Division.

Both teens were referred to Family Court and released to their parents.

It’s unclear how the teens got into the locker room. Memorial Field House has two entrances: a front one that requires a key code and a rear one with a manual lock that opens straight into the locker rooms. Schenectady police Sgt. Matthew Dearing said there was no sign of forced entry at either entrance that he’s aware of.

Union spokesman Phil Wajda said the college has a policy that both entrances be kept locked.

“Whether the door was locked, left open, didn’t close all the way or someone propped it open, we don’t know and we may never know,” said Wajda. “The policy is that the door is supposed to be kept locked, and we hope to make sure people are more vigilant about it in the future.”

Some of the stolen property has been recovered, police said, and will be returned to the victims. Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the rest of the property, which includes iPhone 5s, iPhone 4s and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. People with information about the thefts are asked to call the Schenectady police TIPS line at 788-6566.

 
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