The vehicle stolen from a Daily Gazette newspaper carrier last week while he was delivering papers has been recovered.
Albany police spokesman Steven Smith said the Colonie resident’s Chevrolet van was located in Albany around 11:40 a.m. Saturday. He was unable to provide information on the vehicle’s condition but said it had been turned over to Schenectady police.
According to Schenectady police Lt. Mark McCracken, the victim was delivering papers on Germania Avenue around 3:21 a.m. Wednesday when the crime occurred. He was placing a paper on a subscriber’s porch when a man jumped into his van, which had been left running and unattended.
McCracken said the carrier confronted the man and a scuffle ensued. The suspect punched the carrier in the face and made off with the vehicle, traveling in an unknown direction.
The thief, whom Smith said is still at large, is described as being in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, and of unknown race.
The carrier has been delivering papers for the Gazette for more than 35 years, said Steve Ostrander, the Gazette’s director of circulation operations. “It’s his only income and he does a wonderful job,” Ostrander said in an interview last week.
Ostrander would not release the carrier’s name but said he still is in quite a bit of pain from injuries received during the assault.
Donations are being collected by The Gazette to help him get back on his feet. Checks should be made payable to The Daily Gazette and sent to: Steve Ostrander at The Daily Gazette, P.O. Box 1090 Schenectady, NY 12301-1090.