COLONIE – Three people, two of them Schenectady residents with a list of recent arrests in the region, were arrested this week in connection with a Tuesday motel room break-in after a motel resident reported being awaken by an intruder, police said.
Police arrested three people in the incident, one woman for the break-in and two men for stolen property possession, police said.
The incident happened Tuesday morning at about 4:30 at the Home 2 Suites on Metro Park Road, police said.
The victim reported she had been asleep in her motel room when she was wakened by someone entering her room and stealing her property, including a purse, a wallet and various clothing items.
Responding officers found the three suspects, who were staying in a neighboring motel room. Police obtained search warrants and searched their room and vehicle.
Police then located evidence implicating them in a burglary at the same hotel a day prior, where a laptop, passport and other items were taken from a different room, police said.
Police arrested Ava C. Maddalla, 21, of Schenectady, on one count each of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, felonies.
She was arraigned and ordered held on $15,000 bond, which she has since posted, officials said.
Police also charged Khalil Q. Hankins, 26, of Schenectady, and Peter E. Pastore, 28, of Colonie, with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, felonies.
Hankins and Pastore were each processed and released on appearance tickets. Hankins was turned over to another agency on an active warrant for his arrest, police said.
Colonie police highlighted both Maddalla and Hankins, indicating they had been arrested multiple times since January by Colonie officers – Hankins eight times and Maddalla seven. They have also been arrested on charges from departments in Schenectady, Saratoga and Albany counties, records show. In January the pair were arrested on allegations that they lured someone to a hotel through a website to rob them. Police at that time listed Maddalla as from Scotia. The other incidents in Colonie also related to motels, police said.
Since then, records indicate they have faced various charges elsewhere, including in Glenville, Wilton and Menands.
“Limited options at the time of arrest/arraignment have often resulted in the defendants being released with appearance tickets,” Colonie police said in a release. “This has proven to be an obstacle in our department’s effort to end this duo’s alleged crime spree.”
After the most recent arrest this week, Colonie police asked if anyone witnessed the incident or has knowledge of other criminal activity they might have been involved in to contact detectives at 518-783-2754.