TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — An Amsterdam man has been arrested on a burglary charge, accused of stealing more than $5,500 worth of vacuum cleaners after being told not to enter the store again, state police said.
The man also re-entered the store while state police were conducting their investigation into an earlier complaint, police said.
The arrest was one of two similar recent incidents at town of Amsterdam retailers.
In the vacuum case, state police arrested Lisandrao Garcia, 37, of Amsterdam, on seven counts of third-degree burglary, felonies.
Garcia is accused of entering the Target in the town of Amsterdam on seven different occasions and taking multiple vacuum cleaners that together totaled more than $5,500, state police said.
The burglary charges came after Garcia had previously been ordered not to re-enter the property, state police said.
Garcia was arrested Thursday after he re-entered the store again as state police were there investigating the earlier reports, state police said. Garcia again tried to leave with goods he did not pay for, state police said.
Garcia was arraigned and ordered held without bail, state police said.
In the second case, state police on Sunday arrested Jose L. Rivera, 45, of Amsterdam, and charged him with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, felonies.
Rivera is accused of entering the Walmart in the town of Amsterdam on multiple occasions and leaving with goods totaling more than $1,000, state police said.
Rivera had also previously been ordered not to enter the property.
Rivera was arraigned and released on his own recognizance to return to court later.