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Colonie police: Ex-employee burglarized same Dunkin' Donuts eight times

Colonie police: Ex-employee burglarized same Dunkin' Donuts eight times

Officers arrested him in the midst of the eighth burglary Tuesday evening, police say
Colonie police: Ex-employee burglarized same Dunkin' Donuts eight times
Austin Lopez
Photographer: Colonie Police Department (inset); Shutterstock (background)

COLONIE -- An ex-employee at a Dunkin' Donuts burglarized the restaurant eight times over the span of two weeks, police said Wednesday.

Police staked out the restaurant on the eighth time and arrested him in the act, they said.

Austin L. Lopez, 22, of Cohoes, was charged Tuesday evening with eight counts of third-degree  burglary, felonies, and seven counts of petty larceny and one count of attempted petty larceny, misdemeanors.

The investigation began earlier Tuesday when police received a report from the Dunkin' Donuts at 890 Loudon Road regarding several burglaries that had occurred at the business from March 12 to the previous night, seven in all.

The suspect used a key to enter after closing time and then used a register code to steal money from the register, the restaurant reported. Surveillance footage indicted the same person committed the thefts. The total taken in the burglaries was $564, police said.

The burglar had struck each of the previous two nights, so two Colonie officers remained in the business Tuesday night and waited. Investigators also conducted surveillance on the suspect and the business.

The suspect left his home and officers followed him directly to the Dunkin' Donuts, police said. He arrived at about 8:20 p.m., entered and attempted to again take the money from the register, they said. The officers inside then took him into custody without incident.

Lopez had worked at the business until February, when he was terminated. He kept a key to the business and was familiar with the register code, police said.

He was sent to the Albany County Jail as a pre-arraignment detainee. 

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