Seneta charged in locker thefts

BETHLEHEM — A man shooting up heroin in Glenmont’s Planet Fitness parking lot was arrested for stealing from the lockers there, according to the Bethlehem Police.

John M. Seneta, 39, of Rensselaer, had been a “person of interest” as police over the last month investigated a series of thefts from unlocked lockers, said Commander Adam Hornick, spokesman for the Bethlehem Police.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, a witness observed Seneta injecting himself with heroin; police were called, and located him as he tried to leave the Planet Fitness lot. “The detectives interviewed him,” said Hornick, and the charges followed.

Seneta was charged with misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and for a traffic infraction for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He was processed at the Bethlehem Police Department and issued appearance tickets returnable in Bethlehem Town Court on Feb. 5.

“It will be up to the court to decide on medical treatment or punishment,” said Hornick. “On the one hand, people have been victimized; on the other hand, he’s an addict. That’s the job of the court. Sometimes, court-ordered treatment can help get people in recovery.”

Bethlehem Police were assisted in this case by the East Greenbush Police Department.

The Bethlehem Police, in a release, reminded people to “always secure personal belongings in a locked locker before using fitness facilities,” stating, “The town continues to see a large number of thefts from unlocked lockers at multiple locations in town, and the best measure is that of prevention. Take the time to secure personal property and do not leave the crime of opportunity present for anyone.”

Anyone with information on this case, for which investigation continues, is encouraged to contact Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973.

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