Schenectady man arrested for stealing while “sleep walking”

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say a man from the city was arrested after he stole electronics from cars, but claimed he was sleep-walking.

According to authorities, at approximately 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday a vehicle was parked illegally, blocking a driveway on First Avenue.

Upon investigation the vehicle was known to be driven by 28-year-old Michael Lamalfa of Schenectady. Recently, Lamalfa was suspected stealing from several vehicles in the town. Officers then checked the area extensively for him, but were unable to locate him. The vehicle was then ticketed and towed for blocking the driveway.  An inventory of a backpack in the vehicle revealed several iPods and cellphones.

Later on that day, officers got a call for a male subject having difficulty standing and walking on Rensselaer Avenue at Deforest St. around 6:30 a.m. When police arrived they determined that this individual was Lamalfa and he appeared disoriented and unsteady on his feet.

Lamalfa provided no explanation as to why he was in this neighborhood and stated that he must have been sleepwalking and had no recollection of the past several hours.

He was found to be in possession of a large amount of loose change and 3 iPods. He was then turned over to Glenville Police on unrelated charges while Rotterdam Detectives worked to locate the owners of the property.

Since his release to Glenville Police, two separate victims have identified property possessed by Lamalfa as stolen and he is expected to be charged with these at his next court appearance. Anyone who had property stolen from their vehicle overnight is asked to contact Rotterdam Detectives at 355-7397.

Additionally, Lamalfa faces charges lodged against him by Rotterdam Detectives on September 4 of this year for Possession of Stolen Property. In that case, Lamalfa was found to be in possession of a laptop, golf clubs, golf bag and golf cart valued at over $3,000.

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