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Loot recovered from burglary spree on display

Loot recovered from burglary spree on display

Schenectady police detectives are trying to find the owners of electronics and other items stolen du

Schenectady police detectives are trying to find the owners of electronics and other items stolen during a three-county burglary spree late last year.

Hundreds of items were recovered by investigators following the Dec. 23 arrests of Scott Shafer, 41, and Raymond Wilkins, 44, both of Schenectady, and Anthony DeFilippo, 27, of Rotterdam.

Sgt. Eric Clifford said the items will be on display at the Schenectady Police Department on Liberty Street between noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, so people can identify their stolen property. “[The items] were recovered in Schenectady, but they could potentially be from all over the area,” he said.

Clifford said city residents who think they may have fallen prey to the burglaries must show a police incident report from between Sept. 26 and Dec. 23 before they will be permitted to view the items. Clifford said police are also planning to give access to victims from areas outside of Schenectady.

He warned that any items identified will not be returned immediately, as investigators continue to investigate the case with other authorities.

Investigators believe the men stole jewelry, DVDs, video games, laptop computers, flat-screen televisions, rifles and other items from homes across Schenectady, Saratoga and Albany counties. Authorities believe the men sold or traded the loot to feed drug habits.

All three men are facing the charge of second degree burglary and remain in Saratoga County Jail. Shafer and Wilkins are being held without bail; DeFilippo remains jailed with bail set at $25,000 cash.

Investigators began chipping away at the case after developing a lead that identified Shafer as the alleged ringleader. Several weeks later, they found a laptop stolen from a Rexford residence when they arrested Wilkins’ girlfriend, Tishona Sykes, on unrelated charges.

Another break in the case occurred when police raided Paul Sherwood’s Avenue A residence, where they found a trove of stolen items. Investigators say the men received drugs for the stolen items they gave Sherwood, a suspected dealer from the Bronx. Sherwood, 36, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said they will assuredly face additional charges in other jurisdictions. He said prosecutors in the three counties agreed to keep them in Saratoga County until the investigation concludes.

Even now, police are continuing to link the three men to area thefts. This week, Carney said Glenville police linked them to a pair of burglaries and suspect them of a third.

“Investigators are still trying to connect the crimes [in which] these guys are likely suspects,” he said Friday.

All three men are expected to appear in Clifton Park Town Court in mid-January. Carney said the case may go to a grand jury, but didn’t discount the possibility of a plea.

“We’re having discussions,” he said.

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