Career criminal indicted in interrupted Niskayuna break-in

Mark S. Snare. (Photo provided)Mark S. Snare. (Photo provided)

BY STEVEN COOK
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — A career criminal arrested in January after police said a victim confronted him and chased him has been indicted on multiple felony charges.

Mark Snare, 54, appeared in Schenectady County Court last week on an indictment that includes felony counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty and remains held in the county jail.

Snare is accused in a Jan. 6 break-in at the Niskayuna home of 30-year-old Jason Adams, a Schenectady High School teacher. Adams returned home that afternoon to encounter Snare in an upstairs bedroom looking for valuables, according to police. Adams allegedly confronted the burglar, and a scuffle ensued.

Adams sustained a cut to his head that required four stitches, police said. Snare eventually escaped, according to police, but Adams followed, soon leading police to Snare, who unsuccessfully tried to steal a woman’s car.

Snare has a history of burglary arrests dating back to 1980 and has encountered residents multiple times. His most recent previous arrest resulted in a 12-year-to-life sentence based on his criminal history.

Snare was released on parole in March 2014 after serving the minimum term of that sentence and was to be on lifetime parole with the threat of prison again if he violated the terms of his release.

By Nov. 26, he was again a wanted man, officially classified as a parole absconder. He had stopped reporting to his parole officer and left his approved residence, police said, and no one knew where he was.

If convicted in the current case, Snare could effectively be put away for the rest of his life. In addition to the felony charges, Snare was also charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and one count each of petty larceny and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

Police said at the time of Snare’s arrest that he was also being investigated in connection with other break-ins in the Schenectady-Niskayuna area. Active investigations in a couple of cases pointed to him, according to a prosecutor, and other cases were being reviewed.

This story originally appeared in The Daily Gazette.