Two Rotterdam jewelers indicted in stolen property case
SCHENECTADY Two Rotterdam jewelers arrested last summer on stolen property possession charges have now been indicted in that case, and one also faces perjury charges.
Joseph Delefano and Richard Poltorak face two counts each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one each of first-degree falsifying business records. Delefano also faces one count of first-degree falsifying business records and seven of first-degree perjury.
Both Delefano and Poltorak appeared in Schenectady County Court on Monday for what was to be their arraignment.
Judge Karen Drago postponed the proceedings until Friday to allow the two to discuss their legal representation. Both have Robert J. Stoddard as their attorney, and this could create potential conflicts, the judge informed them.
Stoddard could not be reached for comment later.
Delefano and Poltorak are accused of impeding the recovery of stolen property and making a false entry in business records in spring 2013.
The two were charged by state police in June 2013 with refusing to relinquish items stolen in April 2013 from the Schoharie home of Assemblyman Peter Lopez.
Delefano and Poltorak own Regency Jewelers on Altamont Avenue. State police investigators said last June that they developed a lead indicating stolen property from the Lopez residence was at the store, but both men refused to release the items. A search warrant was executed with assistance from the Rotterdam Police Department, investigators said, and the items were recovered.
Charged with breaking into Lopez’s home and another home were Bryan Lemoine, 21, and Connor Casabonne, 21, both of Schoharie. Lemoine was sentenced last fall to two years in state prison for his role in the burglaries, Casabonne 3.5 years.
Delefano’s perjury charges stem from him denying he knew about various aspects of a Rotterdam ordinance that requires secondhand dealers to document the description of each item purchased, who sold the item, and when. He was allegedly lying to the grand jury when he made this denial.