Police: Rotterdam teens, 19 and 15, charged in Guilderland theft, car Sharpie graffiti case

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GUILDERLAND – Two Rotterdam teens have been arrested, charged in connection with car vandalism and stolen property, police said.

Rashat Savini, 19, of Rotterdam, was arrested Saturday and charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, along with misdemeanor child endangerment, making graffiti, stolen property possession and conspiracy and violation trespass, police said.

The 15-year-old was also charged, police said.

The charges relate to two separate incidents, one reported at about 3:45 a.m. Friday and the other just before 1 p.m. Friday though believed to have also occurred in the early morning hours, authorities said.

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In the first report, Guilderland police responded to a call for property stolen from a vehicle in the Fort Hunter area of the town. About an hour later, police spotted two people in possession of a bicycle that had been reported stolen, town police said.

Police arrested them and found them to be in possession of “a significant amount of property that appeared to be the proceeds of several larcenies,” town police said.

They were processed and released to appear in court later, the 15-year-old released to a parent, town police said.

Several reports of cars appeared to have been gone through came in to police in the early morning hours of Friday, town police said. Anyone missing items is asked to contact police at 518-356-1501 as police have unclaimed property.

In the second case, state police were called to a home just before 1 p.m. Friday after the homeowner discovered their vehicle had been vandalized while parked in their driveway, state police said.

The investigation determined the two suspects walked onto the victim’s property during the overnight hours, rummaged through the vehicle and used a Sharpie marker to graffiti the interior and exterior of the vehicle, state police said. Investigators also determined the suspects to have been Savini and the 15-year-old.

Savini was arrested at his residence and the 15-year-old brought to the state police barracks by a parent. They were processed and released to appear in court later.

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