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Police: Bogus license plates lead to Schenectady man’s arrest at Colonie car shop

John Dzandza Credit: Colonie Police (inset); File Photo (Background)

John Dzandza Credit: Colonie Police (inset); File Photo (Background)

Categories: News, Schenectady County

COLONIE – Bogus license plates discovered at a traffic stop led to a car shop owner’s arrest Tuesday, police said.

John Dzandza, 36, of Schenectady, identified as the owner of Saratoga Autos, 2200 Central Ave., was arrested and charged with multiple related felonies, police said.

The discovery of the bogus plates led to the shop and allegations Dzandza produced and used fraudulent paper temporary dealer assignment tags from Texas, police said.

Police served a warrant at the auto shop Tuesday.

A Colonie Police officer made the initial traffic stop that discovered the bogus plates, police said.

Dzandza faces one count each of second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree falsifying business records and reproducing a false license plate or tag, all felonies.

The arrest was the result of a joint operation involving investigators from the state Department of Motor Vehicles, state police, state Environmental Police and the Colonie Police Traffic Division.

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