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Police: Schenectady man linked to Colonie, Niskayuna, Schenectady jewelry thefts

Michael A. LaMalfa, left; Surveillance images from the Colonie theft, right - Credit: Colonie Police Department (insets); File (background)
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Michael A. LaMalfa, left; Surveillance images from the Colonie theft, right - Credit: Colonie Police Department (insets); File (background)

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COLONIE – A Schenectady man has been arrested in connection with jewelry thefts in Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady, authorities said.

Schenectady police previously announced the arrest of Michael A. LaMalfa, 32, of Schenectady, in connection with an October jewelry theft at Northeastern Fine Jewelry on Union Street.

Colonie police also announced they had arrested LaMalfa in a similar heist at Glennpeter Jewelers, 1544 Central Ave., from Oct. 1.

Niskayuna police also arrested him for a jewelry theft there, Colonie police said.

In the Schenectady theft, LaMalfa is accused of requesting to try on a Cuban-link gold chain Oct. 24, trying it on and then running with it from the store, police said.

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He faces one count of third-degree grand larceny, a felony, in that case.

In the Colonie case, he’s accused of being shown a gold necklace and bracelet valued at $7,500, grabbing them and then running from the store.

He was also charged with third-degree grand larceny in that case.

Details on the Niskayuna case were unavailable, but police arrested him in that case Thursday, police said.

Colonie police credited information gained through the release of photos on its Facebook page, residential surveillance footage and information from the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center, state police and Niskayuna and Schenectady police departments with helping investigators zero in on LaMalfa.

LaMalfa was arraigned in the Colonie case and released to probation supervision.

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