Schenectady man sentenced for one break-in, faces more time

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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— A burglar has been sent to state prison for a Schenectady County break-in and will get additional prison time for Schoharie County break-ins.

Scott Clapper, 29, had previously pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in Schenectady County Court. Judge Frank P. Milano sentenced him Monday to an agreed-upon one to three years in state prison, prosecutor Kevin Cheung said.

He was arrested in December 2012 after a series of burglaries in Schenectady and Schoharie counties. The spree ended when state police stopped him in Cobleskill for having tail and brake lights out on his vehicle. Further investigation revealed that he had a license that was both expired and suspended, which led police to have his vehicle towed.

As part of that process, troopers found a gym bag filled with a stack of crisp $20 bills and several hundred dollars in $1 bills. Later, during a search of Clapper’s home, investigators found items that they said linked him to burglaries including one at the Quaker Inn a day earlier. He was also accused of trying to break into Jonathan’s Restaurant in Duanesburg.

At the Quaker Inn the day before, a jukebox was broken into and an ATM stolen. Clapper was soon connected to that break-in and others, authorities said.

In Schoharie County, Clapper has pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree burglary, officials there said. He is to be sentenced next month. Officials could not say what his expected sentence is, but it is to run consecutive to the Schenectady County sentence.

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