Colonie police charge COVID released inmate with crime

Photo providedRobert White was charged by Colonie police with burglary and larceny, allegedly committed while he was out of prison for a day.

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Robert White was charged by Colonie police with burglary and larceny, allegedly committed while he was out of prison for a day.


Colonie police are charging Washington Correctional Facility inmate Robert R. White with crimes they say he committed during a brief “compassionate COVID facility release” in September.

Police said they found White’s DNA on a swab test done on the window of a Darren’s Way residence that was burglarized on Sept. 28, less than a day after White was released due to concerns about COVID-19 spreading through the state prison system.

“The suspect had entered through an unlocked window and stole a purse and jewelry valued at over $3,200,” reads the news release from the police. “Responding officers and investigators processed the scene for forensic evidence and conducted a preliminary and extended investigation, but were unable to develop a suspect or information.” 

Town police said they successfully matched White’s DNA on Nov. 13, but White has been back behind bars since Sept. 29 when he was put back in prison for an alleged “domestic incident” at 120 Vly Road on the morning of the alleged Darren’s Way burglary.

White was charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny.  

“An arrest warrant was issued for WHITE and he was picked up [Wednesday] at Washington Correctional Facility as he was being released again,” reads the police news release. “Unfortunately, the stolen property has not been recovered, but hopefully our victims can find some comfort that he was arrested and won’t be able to terrorize anyone else.”

White, 54, was arraigned Wednesday in Colonie Justice Court and sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail.

According to town police, White has also served prison time in the past for 5 felony convictions:

• 1990 Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree (2 to 4 years)

• 1994 Burglary 3rd Degree (3 to 6 years)

• 2001 Attempted Burglary 3rd Degree (1 year, 8 months to 3 years, 4 months)

• 2005 Forgery 2nd Degree (3 to 6 years)

• 2013 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (10 years)


White’s next court date was set for a preliminary hearing in Colonie Justice Court on Nov. 30.





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a persistent felon, give him 6 months, twice each year.