Police: Schenectady woman possessed altered license plates

She faces two charges, both felonies

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SCHENECTADY – A city woman possessed license plates last week that had been altered to extend their expiration date, authorities said.

She then is accused of removing the plates from a vehicle and taking them into her house after being told to wait for the Department of Motor Vehicles to come and take them, according to police allegations filed in court.

Sarah E. Partak, 38, of Union Street, faces one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and tampering with physical evidence, felonies. She was arrested June 19.

She is accused of possessing an altered Texas dealer plate on a car at her residence at about 10:40 a.m. that day. The plate expired May 10, but had been illegally altered to extend its expiration date to June 30, according to the police allegations.

A Schenectady County Sheriff’s deputy then told her motor vehicles was coming to take the plates, “she intentionally removed those plates from the vehicle and brought them in her house” in an attempt to conceal them, according to the allegations.

It was unclear from paperwork filed in court what prompted the exchange.

Partak is represented by attorney Matthew Swedick. He declined to comment Wednesday.

Partak was arraigned and released to return to court later.

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