Colonie police make two arrests in rash of burglaries

Colonie police have announced the arrests of two individuals in connection with a \rash of burglaries and larcenies from vehicles, that took place between May 27 and June 10 of this year.

The men who were arrested are Craig Steven Becker, 24, of Colonie, and David Wayne Sousa, 33, of Troy.

According to police, the crimes have involved burglaries of homes when victims were sleeping, as well as from unlocked vehicles in the Village of Colonie, mostly in the side streets between Central Avenue and Sand Creek Road.

Police said their investigation revealed that multiple suspects were acting independently. Police also said that most of the stolen merchandise was recovered, though some of it had been re-sold or destroyed before the arrest.

Becker was arrested on four counts of second degree burglary; third degree grand larceny; and four counts of fourth degree grand larceny-all felonies, as well as 11 counts of petit larceny and parole violation, for which he was originally arrested on Wednesday, June 10.

Sousa was arrested on third degree criminal possession of stolen property (for a motor vehicle police said he had stolen), a felony, as well as making a punishable false written statement, a misdemeanor.

Both were arraoemd amd sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility.

This investigation was the collaboration of the Colonie Police Department, along with the Albany County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Department of Parole. Police ask that even though these individuals were arrested, residents should continue to be mindful to lock their motor vehicles and doors of their homes, leave outside lights on in the night and immediately report suspicious activity.

For more on this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, June 24 print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.""

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