Police: 2 steal U-Haul worth of cans, bottles in Rotterdam

Both charged with burglary
DC K. Dunkel (top) and Kenneth W. Spencer are accused of of breaking into the trailer at Tomra Recycling Center.
DC K. Dunkel (top) and Kenneth W. Spencer are accused of of breaking into the trailer at Tomra Recycling Center.

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ROTTERDAM — Two Schenectady men broke into a Rotterdam recycling center trailer Saturday and stole a U-Haul truck’s worth of cans and bottles, police said.

DC K. Dunkel, 24, of 23 Mynderse St., and Kenneth W. Spencer, 40, of 1077 Congress St., both face two counts of felony third-degree burglary.

They are accused of breaking into the trailer at Tomra Recycling Center, 31 Opus Blvd., twice Saturday. On the second occasion, they allegedly filled the rented U-Haul truck with a total of 127 bags filled with bottles and cans.

Rotterdam police had received multiple reports from the company in recent weeks of thefts, police Lt. William Male said.

The police investigation included surveillance, which paid off Saturday evening, Male said. Officers followed the U-Haul truck and pulled it over.

Male said the bags recovered from the truck represented just those taken in the second trip.

Police believe the pair were taking the cans and returning them elsewhere. The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.

Police believe the pair visited the trailer just after 6 p.m. Saturday and about 9:30 p.m.

Dunkel also faces two counts of third-degree attempted burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor attempted petty larceny and criminal trespass related to Sept. 16 and Sept. 30 incidents at the property. He is accused of trying to burglarize the trailer about 8:45 p.m. Sept. 16 and just after 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Court documents allege that he damaged a chain-link fence to enter the property.

Dunkel also faces a lone trespass count related to the evening of Sept. 25, according to court documents.

Dunkel was arraigned and ordered held on $20,000 bail. He has since been released on bond, jail officials said. Spencer was arraigned and ordered held without bail.

Spencer has done prison time on a 2005 Albany County drug case, state records show.

Dunkel is the son of convicted child killer Gloria Nelligan, records show. Nelligan is serving 25 years to life in state prison for the 2013 murder of her 8-year-old grandson Sha’hiim at the Mynderse Street home. Sha’hiim was Dunkel’s nephew.

Dunkel took in Nelligan’s three youngest children after the murder and his mother’s arrest. The youngest would be about 14 now, the second youngest about 17. Their status was unclear Tuesday.

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