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Man accused of breaking into Schenectady High School 3 times

Man accused of breaking into Schenectady High School 3 times

A school district spokeswoman Thursday evening identified small electronic devices as among the item
Man accused of breaking into Schenectady High School 3 times

A city man broke into Schenectady High School on three separate occasions in the past week and stole items that included electronics, according to police and school officials.

Police Thursday arrested the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Matthew J. Hawkins, of Schenectady.

Hawkins faces a total of three counts of third-degree burglary, felonies, as well as other charges. He is being held for arraignment Friday morning.

Hawkins is accused of breaking into the school twice over the weekend, once each Saturday and Sunday, as well as again Wednesday, police said. A police spokesman said that on at least one occasion Hawkins forced entry into the building through a rear door.

A school district spokeswoman Thursday evening identified small electronic devices as among the items taken. The school district surveillance system captured a photo of the suspect, which the district turned over to police, spokeswoman Karen Corona said.

“We are pleased and grateful to the Schenectady Police Department for their speedy investigation and arrest of the individual who broke in to Schenectady High School to steal electronic items this past week,” Corona said in a statement. “We were confident that the suspect would be identified in photos taken from the high school surveillance system and immediately turned over to police.

“We remain in contact and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement,” the statement concluded.

Hawkins also faces one count each of third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, felonies, and possession of burglar tools, a misdemeanor.

Newspaper records indicate Hawkins was previously charged with burglary in Schenectady in July 2014. In that case, he was accused of breaking into a Union Street residence and taking a large Sony projection television.

State corrections records indicate Hawkins received 16 months to 4 years in state prison in the 2014 case and achieved his release in February and he remained under parole supervision at the time of the Schenectady High School break-ins.

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