Homeless man charged with Bethlehem and Colonie burglaries

— The Bethlehem Police Department has arrested a homeless man in connection with several residential burglaries in Glenmont.

Police arrested James Hakkenberg, 47, for the break-ins. Police said the burglaries took place during the last week of June while the homeowners were away or at work.

Hakkenberg, who listed his address as homeless, was first arrested on Friday, June 21, by the Colonie Police Department, after being caught allegedly attempting to commit a burglary in the Town of Colonie.


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James Hakkenberg, 47, has been arrested for several alleged burglaries in the Towns of Bethlehem and Colonie.

Police said Bethlehem and Colonie detectives conducted a joint investigation into Hakkenberg's activity in both towns. The investigation allegedly showed Hakkenberg had been knocking on doors to determine if anyone was home prior to committing the burglaries.

Police said several stolen items were recovered from the investigation, including an automobile, jewelry, and baseball cards.

Hakkenberg was first charged in Colonie Town Court with felony counts of attempted burglary in the second degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree. Police said he was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of burglar’s tools, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

Bethlehem Police charged Hakkenberg with two felony counts of burglary in the second degree, a felony count of grand larceny in the third degree and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

Police said Hakkenberg was then sent to the Albany County Jail without bail. If anyone had contact with Hakkenberg and have reason to believe he committed additional crimes, police are asking for residents to call either Bethlehem or Colonie Police detectives.

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