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Man charged in Rotterdam burglaries

Man charged in Rotterdam burglaries

A Wynantskill man considered a suspect in dozens of commercial burglaries since January was arrested
Man charged in Rotterdam burglaries
Anthony P. Malatesta

A Wynantskill man considered a suspect in dozens of commercial burglaries since January was arrested Friday following a five-month investigation by Rotterdam police.

Anthony P. Malatesta, 48, was charged with four counts of felony third-degree burglary; two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor; and single counts of third- and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, police said.

Malatesta is a suspect in seven commercial burglaries in the town of Rotterdam since July 16 and more than 30 commercial burglaries throughout the Capital Region since January, police said.

Malatesta, who has multiple previous burglary arrests, was identified as a suspect due to similarities in how the various thefts were committed, police said. He was arrested after police matched his DNA to blood found at the scene of one of four commercial burglaries that occurred Sept. 26 in Rotterdam, police said.

Malatesta was arraigned in Rotterdam Town Court and sent to the Schenectady County jail without bail. The investigation is ongoing, police said, and additional charges are pending.

Rotterdam police were assisted in the investigation by the state police Special Investigations Unit, Colonie police, Guilderland police and the Albany Crime Analysis Center.

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