COLOINIE — An 74-year-old Albany man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested on Monday, Feb. 11, for allegedly stealing $1,642 from the Victory Church.
According to Lt. Robert Winn, police were called to the 1 Van Buren Ave. church at around 1:02 p.m. to answer reports that it had been burglarized the day before.
Patrol Officer John Bushey responded and viewed surveillance images of the suspect, who entered the church on Sunday, Feb. 10, shortly before 10 a.m.
On Monday, at around 2:13 p.m., Bushey spotted the suspect, Robert Hoag, walking along Central Avenue near Ahl Avenue.
The stolen money was in his possession, and he was wearing and/or still in possession of the clothing worn during the burglary.
Hoag’s record includes four stints in state prison dating to 1979 and he was arrested for burglarizing churches in Albany in 2017 and 2018.
He was arraigned in Colonie Town Court on the felonies of burglary and grand larceny and remanded to the Albany County jail.