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Two teens charged with Union College Field House thefts

Two teens charged with Union College Field House thefts

Police arrested two Schenectady teenagers Wednesday night in connection with the theft of thousands

Police arrested two Schenectady teenagers Wednesday night in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of phones and property from a basement locker room in Union College’s Memorial Field House on Sunday.

The names of the alleged thieves are not being released because of their age, according to a news release issued this morning by Schenectady police. The two minors were charged with third-degree burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Police received a report of the thefts at about 2:24 p.m. Sunday. They occurred sometime after Union College’s men’s lacrosse team took to the field around 11:30 a.m. that day against Hartwick College men’s lacrosse team. The property belonged to the Hartwick players, and included at least 16 cellphones, a half-dozen pairs of headphones, two pairs of sunglasses, a watch and more than $500 in cash.

An investigation began immediately, police said, and over the course of the next two days they managed to identify the responsible individuals with the help of the department’s Detective Division and Youth Aid Division.

Both individuals were referred to Family Court and released to their parents.

It’s unclear just how the teens got into the locker room. Union College officials confirmed that the locker room has locks. But Sgt. Matthew Dearing said the door may have been left unlocked while the players were out on the field because the building has bathroom facilities.

Some of the property that was taken has been recovered and will be turned over to the victims. But police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the rest of the property. Any person who may have purchased or whose child has come to obtain an iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones should call the Schenectady TIPS line at 788-6566.

Reach Gazette reporter Bethany Bump at 395-3107 or bbump@dailygazette.net.

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