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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 26, 2009

Grant, collared for burglary, attempts jail break

By Anne Hayden

A Guilderland resident being held at Albany County’s jail was arrested on Nov. 24 for attempting to escape, according to a release from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Dennis M. Grant, 35, of 22 Foundry Road, has been in jail since Nov. 20 on burglary charges. He was arrested following an investigation involving multiple home and commercial burglaries in New Scotland, Bethlehem, and Colonie, which had occurred over the last several weeks, the release said.

Falvo’s Meat Market, on Route 85A, is one of the businesses that Grant attempted to burglarize. Joe Robilotto, an owner of Falvo’s, said the door to his shop was kicked in at around 2:45 am on Nov. 12, triggering an alarm system. Robilotto said he believes the alarm scared off Grant, because nothing was stolen from the store, and, aside from the smashed door, there were no damages.

Informed of Grant’s attempted escape, Robilotto said “They better keep their doors locked, like I do. I was so glad they caught this guy. He just got out of jail; now he’s back in.”

At the time of his arrest, Grant was on parole following a string of burglaries in 2006.

In August 2006, The Enterprise reported that Grant, then a resident of Knox, had been charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, one count of third-degree grand larceny, and two counts of petit larceny, after he burglarized three separate homes, stealing cash, jewelry, prescription medication, and loose change. He was arraigned in front of Judge Jean Gagnon in the Knox Town Court in 2006, and held in Albany County’s jail on $5,000 bail.

On the night of Nov. 23, 2009, correction officers found Grant attempting to kick out a six-inch wide, three-layered security window, seven feet of the ground of his cell, which is required “to allow minimum daylight in an inmate’s cell,” the release said, also noting that Grant is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.

After the attempted escape, Grant was moved to a special housing unit, said the release.

The next day, Grant was arraigned by New York State Supreme Court Justice Jospeh Teresi, and charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; three counts of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony; two counts of third-degree grand larceny, a Class D felony; three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a Class E felony; three counts of third-degree criminal mischief, a Class E felony; one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor; and, one count of petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor.

He was remanded to the custody of the Albany County Sheriff, in lieu of bail, according to the sheriff’s release.

The release also said that Grant was arrested “as part of a quickly assembled, multi-jurisdictional team of law enforcement officers which included members from the New York State Police, Guilderland Police, Bethlehem Police, Altamont Police, Albany Police, and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.”

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