Released under bail reform, accused Rotterdam, Schenectady purse snatcher making court appearances

Accused purse-snatcher faces fresh charges
Casey Buckley is escorted into Schenectady County Court for an appearance on Feb. 10
Casey Buckley is escorted into Schenectady County Court for an appearance on Feb. 10

SCHENECTADY — The woman accused of robbing two grocery store patrons last month but freed without bail as part of the state’s controversial new reforms has been making all of her court appearances in the three jurisdictions where she faces charges, according to court officials. 

Casey Buckley, 38, is accused of stealing a wallet from a woman outside of the Price Chopper/Market 32 parking lot on Eastern Avenue on Feb. 2.

The following day, she allegedly shoved an 84-year-old woman and took her purse at the Price Chopper in Rotterdam. 

Those offenses are no longer eligible for bail under the new reforms that scrapped bail for misdemeanors and some non-violent felonies. 

But upon her arrest on Feb. 5, Buckley was held because of two prior felony convictions.

She was freed on Feb. 10 as part of the new guidelines, which have been controversial with law enforcement officials and prosecutors since their rollout in January.

As bail reform roils the state, Buckley’s release generated intense public discussion: Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, even issued a press release calling her “a serial criminal who endangered the lives of those in my Senate district.”

Prosecutors acknowledged Buckley’s release presented a test to the system and wondered if she would appear in court despite what they called “thin” ties to the area and outstanding warrants in Colonie and Onondaga County in central New York. 

Despite not being outfitted with an ankle monitor, Buckley has been making those appearances, according to Schenectady County court officials, as well as those in Rotterdam and Colonie where she also faces unrelated charges. 

Since her arrest, Buckley faces two new felony charges tied to the discovery of a bank book, several credit cards and other personal items belonging to the alleged victims found at her McClellan St. home. 

Buckley was charged on Wednesday with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, class E felonies. 

She pleaded not guilty and is due back in court on March 2.

Her court-appointed attorney declined comment, and Buckley declined to speak to reporters at her home earlier this month.

Buckley was initially charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, in connection with the Schenectady incident. 

Those charges were sent to Schenectady County Court on Wednesday, along with one second-degree robbery charge from the Rotterdam case. 

Buckley also faces two robbery counts and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, as well as several misdemeanors in connection with the Rotterdam case. 

She was scheduled to appear in Rotterdam Town Court on Thursday on the robbery charges, but the case was adjourned.

Her alleged accomplice in that case, Jonah D. Isolda, has also been charged in connection with that incident.

Prosecutors cited outstanding warrants in Colonie as evidence Buckley posed a flight risk, and the judge ordered Buckley be required to check in daily with the county probation office, refrain from drug and alcohol use and abide by a curfew. 

Following her release from county custody, Buckley was immediately arrested and released by Colonie Police on an outstanding petit larceny charge for allegedly stealing $628.96 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s on Central Avenue last May and for failing to appear to a subsequent court appearance. 

She’s due to appear in court on those charges on March 4, according to Colonie Town Court.

Buckley also faces a second petit larceny charge after allegedly stealing $35.05 worth of merchandise from the Dollar Tree on Central Avenue on May 9, 2019.

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