Schenectady teen facing felony charges in Northside burglaries

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BY STEVEN COOK
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — A Schenectady teen has been charged in two November break-ins, including one in which police said he stole a car.

The burglaries happened in an area that saw several burglaries at that time. Authorities noted that the current cases only relate to two of those.

Dabrean L. Carter III, 17, of Yates Village, faces two felony counts of second-degree burglary, along with a misdemeanor count of third-degree grand larceny.

Carter is accused of breaking into an Avon Road home Nov. 7 and taking unspecified items, including a car valued at $10,000. The next day, he is accused of breaking into a Rosa Road home and also taking unspecified items.

Helping link Carter to the burglaries, prosecutor Michael DeMatteo said, were fingerprints left at both scenes.

Carter continued to be held Friday in the Schenectady County jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

City police warned in mid-November that the city’s Northside was seeing a rash of burglaries, but Carter has only been linked to the two, police said. That series began Oct. 9 and was in an area bounded by Foster Avenue and Parkwood Avenue — essentially the GE Realty Plot and the area north of it.

The burglars entered through a basement window or rear door each time, always in the late evening or early morning. The suspects took cars or car keys in several of the break-ins.

In all, police said there were at least seven successful burglaries and one failed attempt. One break-in on Parkwood Boulevard resulted in a 14-year-old boy being arrested and a second suspect eluding police. The unnamed juvenile was charged in a similar case in Niskayuna two months earlier, police said.

This story originally appeared in The Daily Gazette.