Police: Schenectady man conducted string of burglaries at city high school

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Schenectady man was arrested for alleged burglaries at Schenectady High School.

The string of burglaries took place on November 12, November 13 and November 16, according to police. Police said Matthew Hawkins, 28, broke in through a back door of the school.

But his alleged actions were followed by a quick arrest thanks to surveillance cameras posted around.

Police said Hawkins took several electronic items, though they were not able to say if those items were recovered.

“Oftentimes, there’s nobody there after hours,” Timothy Rizzo with the Schenectady Police Department said. “There’s a lot of equipment and other items inside they’d be able to gain access to.”

Police said there was damage, but they are unsure if it was from Hawkins breaking in or when he was in the building.

Hawkins was arrested on Thursday. He’s been charged with Burglary in the Third Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Possession of Burglar Tools, a misdemeanor.

“It was an ongoing investigation from one of the detectives,” Rizzo said. “They did a great job in working with patrol and trying to solve this particular case, and they were able to come to a good resolution today.”

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the school for comment and received the following statement:

We are pleased and grateful to the Schenectady Police Department for their speedy investigation and arrest of the individual who broke into Schenectady High School to steal electronic items this past week. We remain in contact and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement.

Police could not comment on whether or not Hawkins has a criminal history and if similar incidents have taken place at the high school.

In light of the burglaries, students and staff may notice extra patrols around school property.

“Often in response to something like a burglary, we would have additional patrols go in the area,” Rizzo said. “Just when they have time or extra attention just to swing through for a few minutes.”

No one was injured during the incident. Hawkins is being held in the Schenectady City lock-up until his arraignment in Schenectady City Court on Friday.

The burglaries remain under investigation.

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