Police: Albany man stole from shoppers

The Bethlehem Police Department on Tuesday, July 13, arrested a man allegedly responsible for numerous larcenies committed in the Capital District.

Police charged Michael J. Frechette, 51, of Central Avenue, Albany, with forgery in the second degree, identity theft in the first degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degreeall feloniesand petit larceny.

The arrest was the result of a joint investigation involving the Bethlehem Police Department, Troy Police Department, Colonie Police Department, Albany Police Department and the New York State Police.

Police said Frechette fell under investigation after a July 10 complaint in which a victim reported her purse was stolen from her shopping cart while she was shopping at Wal-Mart in Glenmont. Police determined Frechette had committed similar crimes in neighboring areas, according to police.

Frechette was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and remanded to the Albany County jail on $10,000 bail.

Police are asking anyone with additional information regarding these incidents or that may have been a victim of a similar incident to contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 439-997, or their local police department.""

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