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Police: Man burglarized Schenectady residence, set fire with resident there

Police: Man burglarized Schenectady residence, set fire with resident there

Police made the arrest Thursday
Police: Man burglarized Schenectady residence, set fire with resident there
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SCHENECTADY - A city man has been arrested, accused of breaking into a Schenectady residence earlier this month and setting a fire while the resident was inside, authorities said.

No injuries were reported in the Sept. 8 incident. 

Police Thursday arrested Melvin S. Hope, 45, listed as homeless, and charged him with first-degree burglary, second-degree arson and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies.

Hope is accused of illegally entering a Wyllie Street residence just after 4:30 that afternoon and using a lighter to ignite available combustibles, according to police allegations filed in court.

The weapons charge relates to allegations he possessed the lighter with intent to use it unlawfully against another person while having been previously convicted of a crime, according to the police allegations.

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