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Three men arrested for Rotterdam robberies

Following a three-month investigation, the Rotterdam Police Department is announcing the arrest of 2 individuals implicated in a string of burglaries located within the town that took place over the course of three months.

Richard Whiting, 21, of 2228 Broadway, Schenectady has been charged with six counts of Burglary, 4 charges of Grand Larceny and 1 Felony Criminal Mishchief.

Steven James, 26, of 3068 Edgewood Ave has been charged with 6 counts of Burglary, 5 charges of Grand Larceny and 1 Felony Criminal Mishief.

These incidents took place between Dec. 31 and March 29.

A third individual has also been arrested in connection with a Burglary committed with James and Whiting at the Maple Ski Ridge located on Mariaville Road.

David Oliver, 20, of 2545 Hamburg St, Rotterdam, has been charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny in this incident.

In this incident, which took place during the overnight hours of February 28, 2010, Oliver and Whiting forcibly entered the Maple Ski Ridge Offices as James stood by as the look out. Oliver and Whiting forced their way into a locked office and removed $32,000.00 in cash from a filing cabinet located within the office.

Rotterdam Detective Donald Scavia handled the case and was assisted by the New York State Police. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

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