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Troopers: Accused $60K check forger now charged in $30K flatware theft

Troopers: Accused $60K check forger now charged in $30K flatware theft

He allegedly admitted he pawned the items
Troopers: Accused $60K check forger now charged in $30K flatware theft
Todd Rowe
Photographer: New York State Police (inset); Shutterstock (background)

NISKAYUNA -- A Rotterdam man already accused of writing more than $60,000 in forged checks related to an Amsterdam woman now faces charges he stole $30,000 in silver flatware from a Niskayuna woman, state police said.

Todd A. Rowe, 49, was charged recently in Niskayuna with one count of third-degree grand larceny, a felony.

He is accused of taking approximately 240 pieces of Tiffany sterling silver American Garden flatware from a former girlfriend's home last year, according to the state police allegations.

The woman told police in a statement last month that the flatware went missing during a kitchen remodel last year. She said she asked Rowe about it, and he initially said he had sent them out for cleaning. The topic came up again two weeks later in a phone conversation and Rowe then admitted he'd pawned them. He wouldn't say where.

"At that point, I told Todd that he needed to get help and to not come back to my house," the woman told troopers.

The woman appears to have gone to state police after troopers arrested him last month related to the forged checks. Her statement is dated the day after a Gazette story on the earlier arrest.

Previous: Troopers: $60K in forged checks lead to Rotterdam man's arrest, Sept. 20, 2018

Rowe is accused in that case of issuing the checks over a two-month period last year to an individual and fraudulently signing the name of another person on them, state police said.

Troopers received the complaint in January. The allegations stem from a dispute over money Rowe allegedly borrowed from an Amsterdam woman last year, according to a statement filed in court. The woman told police she lent Rowe the money ostensibly so his relative would not lose a house. Multiple promises to repay the money led to Rowe giving the woman bad checks and then checks supposedly written by two other Rowe relatives. None of the checks cleared when she attempted to deposit them, according to her statement to troopers.

The woman initially went to police in September but decided not to press charges. She eventually got $30,000 back in October, but was still owed $24,000 in January when she ultimately decided to pursue charges, according to her statement to troopers.

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