CLIFTON PARK -- The suspect in a string of home burglaries went on an almost 2-week-long spree during which he stole hundreds of dollars from homes, often burglarizing homes in the same area he'd already targeted, according to court documents filed in the case.
Tyler E. Lester, 25, of Foxwood Drive, Clifton Park, was arrested early Tuesday while walking on Moe Road about 5 a.m. after deputies responded to burglary reports in the area, officials from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department said.
A deputy in the area spotted Lester while he was walking near the intersection of Moe and Grooms roads, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said at a press conference on Wednesday morning. After stopping Lester to speak to him, deputies arrested him.
Lester was ultimately charged with eight counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree attempted burglary, officials said.
Sheriff's investigators have been looking into the string of burglaries and thefts since they began Oct. 4. The burglaries were reported in residential neighborhoods in the Crescent Road, Moe Road, Lapp Road and Grooms Road areas, officials said.
Court documents show that Lester’s alleged crime spree was extensive, close to his home and occurred largely during the early morning hours while residents slept.
Records show that Lester is accused of being active from Oct. 4 every few days until his arrest on Oct. 15, often committing multiple burglaries or attempted burglaries in the same streets or neighborhoods on the same day.
Lester started at a home on Quince Court on Oct. 4, when he stole $150 from a wallet, police said. On Oct. 5, Lester successfully entered three homes on Judith Drive, stealing $410 in total, they said. He attempted to enter a fourth house in Judith Drive, but was unsuccessful, deputies said.
Three days later, on Oct. 8, Lester resumed the burglaries with two break-ins on Archer Drive, where he stole two credit cards, a wallet and some cash, according to court documents. On Oct. 11, Lester unsuccessfully attempted to enter a home on Liberty Way, and then was inactive for a few days before resuming the burglaries on Oct. 15, authorities said. On that date, he stole from a home and a vehicle on Barney Road, a home on Sevilla Drive, attempted to enter another home on Sevilla Drive, and a home on Moe Road before he was eventually apprehended, deputies said.
In total, Lester stole at least $560 from wallets, along with prescription pills and credit cards, police said. When he was arrested, Lester was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, which court documents said was a white powder believed to be Xanax.
Lester was employed at Buffalo Wild Wings in Clifton Park and lived with a roommate, who was not involved with the burglaries, police said.
Lester’s recent arrest was not the first time he had been charged with burglaries. In 2014, Lester and another man, Cyrus Oechler of Saratoga Springs, were charged in connection with a string of burglaries in Glenville in Schenectady County and Ballston and Broadalbin in Saratoga County.
According to a Daily Gazette article written at the time of the burglaries, Lester was charged with stealing merchandise and money from three unidentified Route 50 businesses. The adjudication of those charges was not immediately available.