Police: Man broke into four businesses over one week in Schenectady; Briefly escaped during arrest


SCHENECTADY A local man broke into four businesses over a one-week period in Schenectady recently, then briefly escaped as he was being arrested, authorities said.

Ivan Saldana, 34, listed as homeless, was arrested April 18 and charged with four separate counts of third-degree burglary and other charges, then also a felony count of escape, records show.

Saldana is accused of breaking into the businesses between April 12 and April 18 in different parts of the city, according to police allegations filed in court.

He’s accused of breaking into Tough Traveler on State Street just after 4 a.m. April 12 and taking backpacks and other items; then breaking into the Union Street Mobil just after 11:30 p.m. April 13, damaging a glass door, according to the allegations.

On April 15, he’s accused of breaking a glass door at Paris Deli and Grocery on State Street and taking cigarettes and cigars and, finally, breaking into the Mobil on Broadway early on April 18, taking cigarettes and other items, according to the allegations.

Police caught up with him on State Street, a short time after the Broadway burglary, according to the allegations. But, when an officer took him into custody, he’s accused of removing his hand from the handcuffs and breaking free from the officer. He then ran for a short distance before he was arrested again, according to the allegations.

Saldana was arraigned and ordered held on $4,000 bail. He remained in custody Friday.

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