Police: Man burglarized occupied Schenectady residence, lit firework inside

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SCHENECTADY – A city man broke into a Front Street residence and lit a firework inside, authorities said.

No one was hurt in the incident and the building sustained localized damage, a prosecutor said.

Charged was Steven M. Armstrong, 56, of Schenectady. He faces one count of first-degree burglary and second-degree arson, felonies, along with one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief. He was arrested Thursday.

Armstrong is accused of breaking into the Front Street residence at about 5:15 a.m. Aug. 13 while armed with the firework, according to allegations filed in court. Prosecutor Michael DeMatteo said there is believed to have been a connection between Armstrong and the resident.

 

Once inside, he lit the firework, damaging the building. He is accused of doing so while the building was occupied, according to the allegations in paperwork prepared by a Schenectady fire investigator.

Investigators based the charges on both physical and video evidence, as well as a witness statement and identification, according to the allegations.

If convicted of either the first-degree burglary charge or second-degree arson charge, Armstrong would face up to 25 years in state prison.

Armstrong also faces the misdemeanor criminal mischief charge, accused of damaging the residence’s front door.

Armstrong was arraigned and ordered held. He is due back in court Wednesday.

 

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