Being found with a stack of crisp $20 bills and several hundred dollars in singles the day after an area automated teller machine and a jukebox were robbed is a good way to draw the attention of the state police.
That's the lesson Scott Clapper probably learned this week after he was found with the cash during a routine traffic stop in Cobleskill, police said. State police said a savvy trooper discovered the money in the vehicle and was later able to secure a search warrant for Clapper's residence in Schoharie.
During the search, investigators found items that linked Clapper, 28, to a burglary in Schenectady County and an attempted break-in at Jonathan’s Restaurant in Duanesburg. Clapper was also linked to a third burglary — at the Quaker Inn of Duanesburg — during the investigation, according to police.
Clapper was arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree burglary. He was also charged with one count of attempted third-degree burglary.
Since Thanksgiving, state police and authorities in Montgomery County and Schoharie County have investigated a number of burglaries occurring across the region. These investigations are ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated, according to state police.
Clapper was arraigned in Princetown Town Court and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Duanesburg Court this evening.