A Rochester man admitted today to stealing a dog from a Guilderland home in October, according to a news release issued by District Attorney David Soares.
Randy Whitten, 42, pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to one count of second-degree burglary before Albany County Court Judge Thomas A. Breslin. He faces 12 years in state prison and five years post-release supervision at his March sentencing.
Shortly after Whitten and another man broke into a home on Johnston Road in Guilderland on Oct. 24, a neighbor observed Whitten leaving the house with a dog in his arm. The neighbor called police and reported that she had seen the two suspects leave her neighbor’s home and drive away in a white van.
State police caught up with the van and followed it to Voorheesville. Although police turned their lights on, the van did not pull over right away. When it did, Whitten and the other individual fled on foot into the woods, escaping the trooper.
The dog, named Molly, came out of the van and was returned to its owner.
Shortly after Whitten fled, a report went out for a Chevrolet Silverado that had been stolen from a Voorheesville driveway. A state trooper spotted the truck on Western Avenue near Crossgates Mall and pulled it over. Whitten and the other individual were arrested.
After a search warrant was executed on the van, police discovered a Kawasaki dirt bike that had been stolen earlier that day in White Plains.
“These defendants would not have been captured but for neighbors looking out for neighbors and excellent police work,” said Soares in the release. “These two defendants went on a crime-spree which included the awful act of stealing a beloved pet named Molly, who was thankfully safely returned home.”