Police charged a city man with burglary after a witness in the Vale neighborhood spotted him climbing in through a window Saturday morning, authorities said.
The witness also spotted the man seemingly cleaning up after himself, or at least wiping down the window sill he’d just climbed over, in an attempt to destroy fingerprint or DNA evidence, authorities said.
The incident happened just after 11 a.m. Saturday on Chestnut Street, according to papers filed in court.
Corey T. Brockington, 24, of 1068 Willett St., is accused of breaking in through the window and taking an X-Box gaming system, a Samsung laptop, a “Zane hardcover book” and a men’s watch. Together, the items were valued at approximately $1,030, according to papers filed in court.
Brockington was arrested by Schenectady police as he left the residence through the back door, said prosecutor William Sanderson of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.
After being notified by the witness, police arrived and had surrounded the home, Sanderson said. The officer covering the rear door then spotted Brockington leaving that way. Brockington was also found carrying a bag with the electronics and other items, Sanderson said.
Brockington appeared in court Monday morning. The attorney who appeared with him could not be reached for comment.
Brockington faces one count each of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree grand larceny and tampering with physical evidence, all felonies.