Rotterdam jewelers accused of having items stolen from assemblyman
ROTTERDAM State police arrested a pair of Rotterdam jewelers on felony charges of possession of stolen property after they allegedly refused to relinquish items stolen in April from the Schoharie home of Assemblyman Peter Lopez.
Joseph Delefano and Richard Poltorak were each charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property Wednesday, while Delefano was also charged with a felony count of falsifying business records.
Delefano and Poltorak own Regency Jewelers on Altamont Avenue. State police investigators said 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.
Delefano and Poltorak were released on tickets to appear in Rotterdam Town Court at a later date.
In May, Connor Casabonne and Bryan Lemoine, both 20 and both of Main Street in Schoharie, were each charged with two counts of second-degree burglary in connection with the burglary, as well as another from a home in the Schoharie area. Investigators said they stole mostly cash and jewelry, some of which was later recovered.
The homes were randomly selected and broken into during the day, and the alleged burglars did not know the Republican assemblyman owned one of the residences, state police said.