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Police: Dirt bikes, ATVs stolen from Schenectady Police evidence facility; Man arrested

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SCHENECTADY – An area man stole a dirt bike from a police evidence facility on Anthony Street, as part of a string of alleged thefts, authorities said.

Richard Jack, 29, of Albany, was also charged with two thefts elsewhere in the city. 

Police Officer Patrick Irwin, the department spokesman, said four items – two dirt bikes and two all-terrain vehicles – were stolen from the police’s impound lot on Aug. 27, when the fence’s lock and brackets were found broken off.

Jack was charged with stealing one of the dirt bikes, and the investigation is active and ongoing about the other three items, according to Irwin.

Jack was charged last week with criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, auto stripping, criminal trespassing, all in the third degree, resisting arrest and two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is scheduled to return to city court on Oct. 7, officials said. Jack was released without monetary conditions. 

Police said Jack allegedly went to the city’s sewage treatment plant on Anthony Street at which the police maintains an evidence storage facility at about 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27. 

Jack allegedly removed a 2016 Suzuki motorcycle valued at more than $5,750. It was fenced in and enclosed under the structure, according to allegations filed in court.

Police said Jack also repainted and removed identifying decals from the motorcycle in an attempt to conceal it. He removed the front fairing and tampered with the ignition system, authorities alleged.

The police spokesman said the evidence garage is secured with barbed wire, and the department had since redoubled efforts to monitor the facility. 

Jack was charged with two other thefts elsewhere in the city.

On Sept. 19, according to police, Jack stole a woman’s 2017 Kia Sportage valued at about $20,000 from the Denny’s parking lot on Nott Terrace, the allegations read.

On Aug. 31, Jack allegedly stole a stole a light trailer valued at $1,200 from an address on Van Vranken Avenue, the allegations read.

After an investigation, Jack was arrested last week. He allegedly resisted and ignored an officer’s commands when he was arrested on Elm Street at about 10 a.m. Sept. 22, according to allegations.

Reporter Brian Lee can be reached at 518-419-9766 or [email protected]

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